Meat recalled from more Edmonton suppliers due to possible E. coli contamination
Alberta health officials issue warning about pork products following E. coli outbreak
Meat from additional Edmonton distributors has been recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.
Certain pork products sold or distributed by Acme Meat Market, H&A Food Sales and Services, and Real Deal Meats have been recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.
On April 27, that recall was expanded to include certain pork products sold by Rimbey Foods Ltd. and Fuge Fine Meat.
Health authorities say some products sold or distributed should be thrown out or taken back to the store where they were bought. Click on the links to see specific products and dates:
- Acme Meat Market — from Feb. 19 to April 26, inclusively.
- H&A Food Sales and Services — from Feb. 19 to April 26, inclusively.
- Real Deal Meats — from Feb. 19 to April 25, inclusively.
- Rimbey Foods Ltd. — from Feb. 19 to April 27, inclusively.
- Fuge Fine Meat — all best before dates from May 3 to May 26, inclusively.
"The list has evolved throughout the week," Dr. Jasmine Hasselback, medical officer of health for AHS's Edmonton zone, said Friday. She said the list could grow in the coming days.
"I am hesitant to say this is over," she said. "We do expect, based on our investigation, that we do have decent source control."
But Hasselback said they're not sure when the E. coli outbreak will stop. "You should continue to expect [more recalls] until you don't hear anymore," she said.
So far, 37 confirmed cases of E. coli have been linked to pork produced by The Meat Shop. According to AHS, one person died "likely due to infection with E. coli," and 11 people needed medical attention.
AHS is again asking Albertans to check if they have meat products from these distributors over the past two months.
E. coli illnesses are often caused when someone eats or drinks something that is contaminated with human or animal feces or through direct contact with someone who is sick.
The food may not look or smell spoiled, but can still make people sick, Hasselback said. This particular strain of E. coli is most dangerous to children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
AHS recommends that people wash their hands with hot, soapy water often, thoroughly cook pork and beef, and wash all kitchen tools and surfaces that have touched raw meat.