The Canadian recall of beef from XL Foods for E. coli 0157:H7 contamination has been expanded for the twelfth time. The manufacturing dates of the recalled products remains the same: August 24, 27, 28, 29, and September 5, 2012. The government says that the trace out from XL Foods to secondary and tertiary distributors is the cause of the large number of recalls.
You can see the new list of recalled products at the CFIA site. This time, foods were sold at Giant Tiger, Northern Stores, Smith’s Quality Meats, Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Cooper’s Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Bulkley Valley Wholesale, Canada Safeway, Butchers Cut, and Longos. The recalled products include everything from tenderized steaks to roasts, stews, stir-fry strips, ground beef, sausages, and marinated steaks. Look carefully at the long list of products. If you have purchased any of them, discard them or return to the place of purchase for a refund.
There have been four E. coli 0157:H7 food poisoning cases in Alberta linked to tenderized steak products produced by XL Foods. For more information and questions, call the CFIA at 1-800-442-23423 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET.