Health agency links 17th E. coli case to XL Foods

A new case of E. coli has been linked to the XL Foods Inc. plant in Alberta at the centre of a massive beef recall.

Quebec case related to massive beef recall from Brooks, Alta., processing plant

E. coli O157: H7 was detected in ground beef that originated from the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alta. and has been linked to 17 cases of the illness across the country. (Manfred Rohde/Helmholtz-Zentrum fuer Infektionsforschung/Getty)

A new case of E. coli has been linked to the XL Foods Inc. plant in Alberta at the centre of a massive beef recall.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says the latest case is in Quebec, bringing the total number of confirmed cases across the country to 17.

The agency says the person became ill last month and has since recovered.

The announcement comes a week after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency gave the plant the green light to resume operating after being closed since Sept. 27.

Workers began slaughtering cattle Monday at the plant in Brooks, but there is no word yet on when the beef can be sold to retailers or consumers.

Management of the plant has been taken over by JBS USA, an American subsidiary of a Brazilian company.