E. coli beef recall list grows
Federal inspectors have added two more items to a national recall list of beef products, linked to a Saskatoon company, that may be contaminated by E. coli bacteria.
On Saturday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency added to the recall list 9.07-kilogram packages of ground beef that were sold to Five Guys Enterprises, which owns Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
The CFIA's national recall of more than 130 beef products is is part of an ongoing investigation into products potentially contaminated with E. coli.
Also recalled are 3.9-kilogram packages of Country Friend Style Breaded Beef Steak Chopped and Formed, which were sold to restaurants and hotels.
Canadian consumers are being warned to avoid more than 130 beef products, with brands including Best Value, President's Choice, Western Family, Grillhouse and The Keg brand burgers.
New Food Classics, a Saskatoon-based company, has been linked to the national recall. It has plants in Saskatoon and St. Catharines, Ont., as well as an office in Burlington, Ont.
The recalled products were made between July 2011 and Feb. 17, 2012, and were sold at supermarkets and used in restaurants, hotels and institutions across the country.
The meat products may be contaminated with the E. coli strain O157:H7, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says.
At least 1 reported illness
This is the same strain that killed seven people in Walkerton, Ont., in 2000 and sickened hundreds of others in the quiet town who drank water from the contaminated public water supply.
There has been at least one reported illness associated with the consumption of these beef products, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has said.
The ground beef that was sold to Five Guys Enterprises was prepared at the Saskatoon plant, while the Country Fried product was manufactured at the St. Catharines facility using beef from the Saskatoon plant, according to the agency.
New Food Classics went out of business last month, about a week after the agency began investigating a possible E. coli contamination case.
The company's plants in Saskatchewan and Ontario together employed about 250 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.