EXPANDED HEALTH HAZARD ALERT
Certain BEST VALUE brand BEEF BURGER PRODUCTS may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria
Please note this is part of an ongoing investigation into E. coli in certain frozen beef products.
OTTAWA, March 14, 2012 – The public warning issued on March 13, 2012 has been expanded to include additional products and distribution information.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and New Food Classics are warning the public not to consume certain Best Value beef burger products, described below, because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The following Best Value brand products are affected by this alert:
Product Size UPC Lot Code
10 Beef Burgers 1 kg 0 71212 88103 8 72991 EST 761, 82991 EST 761
20 Beef Burgers 2 kg 0 71212 88104 5 53011 EST 761, 63011 EST 761, 73011 EST 761, 83011 EST 761
These products have been distributed to Giant Tiger and Northern Canada retail stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of these products.
Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my 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 manufacturer, New Food Classics, 1122 International Blvd., Suite 601, Burlington, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:
New Food Classics at 1-855-344-1825;
CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).