The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded the recall of meat from XL Foods to all of Canada and into the U.S., and says recalled products now number 1,500
Ottawa – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public, distributors and foodservice establishments not to consume, sell or serve beef products it has outlined on its site because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The affected products are associated with the same XL Foods manufacturing dates of Aug. 24, 27, 28, 29 and Sept. 5, 2012, as the previously recalled ground beef products.
A complete and current list of products and retailers is up on the CFIA’s site.
CBC.ca says the recall has also expanded to every province and territory, 40 states in the U.S. and also Puerto Rico.
The expanded recall of products includes cuts of steaks and roasts, stewing beef and beef breakfast sausage.
There are now 10 confirmed cases of E. coli in Alberta. Five of the cases have been linked to meat that came from XL Foods, all of which was purchased at a Costco store in Edmonton.
To stay informed of product updates throughout the investigation, consumers are encouraged to subscribe to CFIA food recalls and allergy alerts at www.foodsafety.gc.ca.
A story on TheStar.com reports that the closure of the XL Foods plant has had a huge impact on the industry. The facility kills and butchers 35 to 40 per cent of Canada’s beef and employs about 2,500.