More B.C. supermarkets hit by beef recall
Hundreds of products from XL Foods recalled because of E. coli contamination
The list of B.C. supermarkets and products affected by the XL Foods beef recall has grown once again after the Canadian Food Inspection added at least six new B.C. retailers to the growing list on Thursday morning.
There are more than 1,500 products affected by the recall across Canada because of concerns of possible E. coli contamination at the Alberta meat processing plant. Products have been recalled in at least 40 U.S. states as well.
So far there have been no cases of E. coli linked to the recall detected in B.C., but there have been five confirmed cases of E. coli illnesses in Alberta associated with the XL Foods plant. Four other E. coli cases are being investigated.
In Saskatchewan, health officials are looking into 13 cases of E. coli infection — a higher figure than normal — in September.
Meanwhile, dozens of people have joined a class-action lawsuit against XL Foods, according to a lawyer acting for a man who became sick from E. coli after eating a steak that came via the company's plant.
On Wednesday, the head of the CFIA said the plant at the centre of the biggest beef recall in Canadian history wasn't properly following some safety procedures.
George Da Pont said the CFIA had issued seven corrective action requests to the XL Foods plant, and was monitoring them before the agency decided to shut the plant down.
B.C. retailers affected by the recall:
- Shop Easy
- Affliliated Independents
- No Frills
- T&T Supermarket
- Osaka Supermarket
- Nesters Market
- Buy-Low Foods,
- Country Grocer,
- Thrifty Foods,
- Overwaitea Foods,
- Cooper's Foods,
- PriceSmart Foods,
- Bulkley Valley Wholesale,
- Real Canadian Superstore,
- Extra Foods,
- Real Canadian Wholesale Club,
- Costco Wholesale Canada,
- Super A,
- Big Way,
- No Frills,
- Shop Easy,
- Your Independent Grocer.