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Calling all beef eaters – There is a problem in Alberta

23 Sep

OTTAWA – The recall of ground beef from Edmonton-based producer XL Foods is being expanded yet again.

The recall due to possible E. coli contamination was first announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency a week ago and since then has been expanded six times.

It affects ground beef sold by Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, and Douglas Meats stores in the Prairie provinces, Ontario, the Maritimes and some Big Way and Super A stores.

And now it also includes unlabelled ground beef products sold between Aug. 24 through Sept. 16, at stores which may include small retailers, local meat markets and butcher shops.

The CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected product to check with the stores where they purchased the beef, or simply throw it out.

Watch out for contaminated organic grape tomatoes

2 Oct


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency warned people not to consume Organic Grape Tomatoes, sold in plastic clam shell containers and supplied by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego, Calif. The affected product is Limited Edition 10.5 oz (298 grams) organic grape tomatoes. The label says Product of Mexico and bears the code 0 33383 65592 5.

Safeway Voluntarily Recall suspected Listeria contaminated Dip

14 Aug

Safeway has initiated a voluntary recall of its Signature Cafe series 6-Layer Dip  with Sepptember 6 best-before date – due to concerns over Listeria contamination. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Recall of Frozen Burgers -E Coli Alert

24 Nov

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Ontario-based Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. are expanding an earlier recall of frozen beef burgers for possible E. coli O157:H contamination to include more products.

The recall now affects the following products:

  • 1054 Cardinal Roadhouse Beef Burgers, UPC 63351 00126, product code 01 1697.
  • Compliments Beef Burgers Super 6, UPC 55742 34129, best before dates of 08JUN14,
  • Compliments Traditional Beef Burgers, UPC 55742 34128, best before date of 08JUN15.
  • Compliments Three Cheese Beef Burgers, UPC 55742 34131, best before date of 08JUN22.
  • Compliments Peppercorn & Garlic Beef Burgers, UPC 55742 34132, best before date of 08JUN14.
  • Compliments The Pulled Porkshire, UPC 23682 10208, best before date of 08JUN15.
  • Longo’s Ultimate beef burgers, UPC 72468 00241, product code 1697.

The products were distributed across the country. No associated illnesses have been reported. For a complete list of products recalled, consumers should check the CFIA’s website.

The agency said food contaminated with E. coli O157:H may not look or smell spoiled. It warned that consumption of food contaminated with the bacteria may cause death or serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses, such as permanent kidney damage.

Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis.
Consumers with questions can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.

Campbell’s Chunky Soup Recalled

5 Oct

Campbell’s Soup has recalled 72,000 cans of itschunky-soup.jpg baked potatoes, bacon bits   chunky soup because bits and pieces of plastics have been found in some of the cans.  The plastics can be potentially harmful if swallowed.  What does this tell you?  We cannot trust others to cook for us.  It’s a calculated risk we take every time we open a can of anything or buy processed foods. Eat fresh and less dead food.

E-Coli Scare Again – Have you Heard?

12 Jul

Canada’s food

 watchdog,  update

ground beef alert

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 | 11:17 AM ET

Canada’s food watchdog and Canada Safeway have released more information in the recall of certain fresh and frozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.

 What is E.coli?
E. coli, or Escherichia coli, is a common and ordinarily harmless bacterium, but certain strains can cause abdominal cramps, fever, bloody diarrhea, kidney failure, blindness, paralysis, even death. It is most often spread through contaminated food.

Independent grocers may have resized, repackaged and relabelled the affected frozen ground beef patties, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Canada Safeway said Tuesday in the updated health hazard alert.

Consumers who are unsure if their product is included in the recall should contact the store.

The recall applies to the following products:

  • Fresh ground beef (lean, regular, extra lean and market trim) sold at Safeway and independent grocery stores in B.C. and Alberta between May 24 and June 5, 2007. The products are marked with a best before dates from May 25 to June 6 inclusively.
  • Butcher’s Cut frozen ground beef patties sold in 1.13 kg packages. The products, which bear the UPC code UPC 58200 21604 and a Julian code date of 143, were sold on May 24, 2007, at Safeway and independent grocery stores in Western Canada, and in regions in Ontario west of Thunder Bay.
  • Sunny Dawn frozen ground beef patties, marked with a Julian date 143-07, sold on or after May 24, 2007, at independent grocery stores in Western Canada, Yukon, Northwest Territories and in Ontario west of Thunder Bay.

Five associated illnesses have been reported, the CFIA said.

Food contaminated with the potentially life-threatening E. coli 0157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled, the federal agency said. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea, and some people may suffer seizures or strokes. Consumption of food spoiled with the bacteria may cause permanent kidney damage or death.

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