Toronto-based Belmont Meats Ltd. is voluntarily recalling certain Compliments brand Super 8 Beef Burger patties because of an E. coli risk, and after illnesses linked to the product were reported.

The eight-ounce burger patties, sold frozen in packages of six with the UPC code of 0 55742 37055 3, have been sold in the four Atlantic provinces and Ontario in the following stores:

  • Sobeys
  • Foodland
  • FreshCo
  • Price Chopper

The meat inspection legend is Canada 112.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning consumers not to eat the burgers, which may have been contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7.

"There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product," a CFIA news release says.

They said all the sick people are in Ontario.

Nova Scotia's chief public health officer, Dr. Robert Strang, said there are no confirmed or suspected E.coli cases connected to the burgers in the province, but Nova Scotians who have the products are advised to throw them out.

The CFIA said the burgers may not look or smell spoiled but could cause serious illness.

Symptoms of E. coli contamination include severe abdominal cramping and diarrhea, and more seriously, could cause seizures or strokes.

Nova Scotia’s Department of Health and Wellness said when cooking ground beef, remember to:

  • Cook all ground beef until a thermometer inserted into centre of the meat reads 71 C.
  • Keep raw meat separate from other foods in the kitchen.
  • Wash hands, cutting boards, utensils and counter tops with hot, soapy water if they touch raw meat.