June 19, 2018

Canadian Burger E.coli Recall Expands Again

A burger recall associated with a number of E.coli 0157:H7 illnesses in Canada has been expanded for a a second time. Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. recall now includes Cardinal Select brand Prime Rib Beef Burgers , the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced.

E. coliOn September 12, the company announced a recall of Butcher’s Choice Garlic Peppercorn Beef Burgers. Distributed throughout Canada, the burgers, sold frozen in 1.13 kg packages, have the UPC number 60383 89363 7 and BEST BEFORE date 2013 MR 03 EST 752. That recall was expanded December 13 to include Butcher’s Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers with the UPC code 0 60383 89364 4 and  Best Before code 2013 FE 01 EST752 or 2013 FE 10 EST752.

The recall now also includes  Cardinal brand Prime Rib Beef Burgers, is sold in 1.13 kg packages with the UPC  code 0 63351 01561 1 and  BEST BEFORE 2013 JL 31 EST 752. Those burgers were also distributed throughout Canada. Other burger varieties  are being investigated and may be added to the recall list, according to the CFIA.

Foods tainted with dangerous bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumers who have purchased any of these products should not eat them as  serious potentially life-threatening illnesses can occur.  Symptoms of E.coli poisoning include severe abdominal cramping  and bloody diarrhea. In some cases, patients with E.coli infections can have seizures, strokes or kidney failure that requires  blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Some people develop permanent kidney damage.

Loblaw Companies Ltd., Brampton, Ontario  which operates grocery stores throughout Canada, has recalled the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

 

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