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article image135 frozen beef products recalled in Canada because of E. coli

By KJ Mullins     Mar 20, 2012 in Food
Canadians, before you take a bite of that juicy hamburger, beware. The CFIA is warning that over 135 frozen beef products may be contaminated with a deadly strain of E. coli.
Those frozen burgers have a best-before date of January 2012 to February 15, 2013.
In 2000 there were seven deaths after the O157:H7 strain of E coli contaminated the water supply in Walkerton, Ontario. That same strain has been found in a certain batch of frozen beef products retailed in Ontario. One person has already been confirmed to have fallen ill from the products.
The first public warning came on February 25, 2012 that one person had become ill after consuming Country Morning brand Beef Burgers. The product was distributed to Co-op and TGP grocery stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.
On March 13 there were two more products listed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). By yesterday that list had risen to include over 135 frozen beef products including products sold to several restaurants in Canada including Hero Burger, Licks and Grillhouse.
All of the affected products have the establishment number, 761, belonging to New Food Classics. According to the CFIA these products are not safe to eat, use, serve or sell.
The entire list of products is located here.
When food is contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 it doesn't always look or smell spoiled. Illness associated with E. coli shows up 3 to 10 days after consuming the bacteria and last for five to 10 days. The bacteria can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage.
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