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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Contaminated Beef Alert Increased!

Kawartha Lakes Mums -Canada Food Inspection Agency Advises:Throw Out Beef!

CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected beef in their home to check with the store(s) where the product was purchased or throw it out.

Do you know where your beef came from?

Beef cuts ranging from ground beef to outside round roasts are being tossed out across Canada in response to an increased beef voluntary recall from XL Foods Inc., Edmonton, Alberta. Since the beef was unbranded in many stores where it was sold, it may be very difficult for consumers to know whether or nt they purchased beef included in this latest E.Coli alert.
Public health authorities have confirmed a number of illnesses linked to products from XL Foods Inc. or illnesses associated with the XL Foods Inc. food safety investigation. For more information, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada's website at www.phac.gc.ca
This voluntary recall is part of an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify and verify all affected products. As additional affected products are confirmed, this table will be updated on the CFIAwebsite. To stay informed of product updates throughout the investigation, consumers are also encouraged to subscribe to CFIA food recalls and allergy alerts at www.foodsafety.gc.ca.
Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.
The manufacturer, XL Foods Inc., Edmonton, Alberta and various retailers, processors and distributors are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. TheCFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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