Paolini's sausage products pulled due to E. coli scare

Calgary-based Paolini's Sausage and Meats is recalling some of its products due to possible E. coli contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said in a release Friday.

Products sold in Alberta under different labels, some without labels

Alberta Health Services said Wednesday that four of the 16 people have or were hospitalized, but are recovering. (YouTube)

Calgary-based Paolini's Sausage and Meats is recalling some of its products due to possible E. coli contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said in a release Friday.

Earlier this week Alberta Health Services reported at least two of 14 confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7, were linked to products sold by the company.

Adding to a consumer's challenge in identifying the recalled product, is the fact that some of the meat product is sold under different labels, some without labels at all.

The agency is warning customers, retailers, distributors and restaurants to destroy the product or return it for a refund.

"Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick," CFIA said.

"Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die."

The sausage maker sells product from 2 Calgary locations and through other retailers and distributors. Some product is labelled, some isn't. (YouTube)

The recalled products include: Hungarian Farmer Sausage, Hot Hungarian Farmer Sausage, Mexican Twist Sausage, Buffalo Hungarian Sausage, Wesfalian Smokies, Onion Mettwurst, Frishe Zwiebel Mettwurst, Fine Mettwurst, Course Mettwurst, Ritterwurst/Pfeffer-sackchen and Landjager.

The agency says it will follow up to ensure the products have been pulled from the marketplace.

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