A Canada-wide recall has been initiated for more than 135 beef products.
Concerns of E.coli have caused the massive recall of beef burger products by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The products have been distributed to retail stores, restaurants and institutional establishments and were manufactured between July 1, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012.
The affected products bear best before dates between Jan. 1, 2012 and Feb. 15, 2013.
The product list includes the following brands:
– Best Value
– BV Balance
– Calgary Stampede
– Country Morning and Country Morning Gold
– Exclusive Selections
– Heritage Angus Beef
– Hero Certified Burgers
– Maple Lodge Farms
– no name
– Our Finest
– PC, PC Blue Menu and PC Butchers Choice
– Prairie Heritage Producers
– Q Burger
– Simply Food
– Spring Creek
– Western Family
– Zabiha Halal
There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of one of the affected products.
Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with the bacteria may cause serious and potentially 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. In severe cases of illness, people may die.
The CFIA is working with all retailers and distributors to recall all affected products from the marketplace.
For more information, call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 or visit http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2012/20120319ce.shtml