Port Salut Cheese Recalled

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Notification – Certain Port Salut brand cheese may contain generic E. coli bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 12, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Other
Hazard classification:
Class 3
Company / Firm:
Fromageries Bel Canada Inc.
Distribution:
Ontario, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8240
 

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC Reason for Recall
Port Salut Semi-Soft Ripened Cheese 300 g 2013.09.23 SA18913 B
FR 72.264.001 CE
3 073781 004274 Microbiological – Other – E. coli

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Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd Recalls More Frozen Hamburger Patties

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Reference Number: 7830
Recalling Firm: CARDINAL MEAT SPECIALISTS LIMITED
Date of Recall: 2/19/2013
Recall Classification: 1
Distribution : Ontario, Quebec
Extent of the Product Distribution : Hotel/Restaurant/Institutional

Product List

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC Reason for Recall:
CARDINAL BEEF BURGERS 4.54kg Production code ending with 22712 None / Aucun Microbiological – E. coli O157:H7

 

Canada Safeway Ltd Recalls Frozen Beef Burgers

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Certain THE GOURMET MEAT SHOPPE and THE BUTCHER’S CUT brands of Frozen Beef Burgers may contain E. coliO157:H7 bacteria

OTTAWA, February 19, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada Safeway Limited are warning the public not to consume The Gourmet Meat Shoppe and The Butcher’s Cut brands of Frozen Beef Burgers described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

The following products are affected by this Alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Code
The Gourmet Meat Shoppe Big & Juicy Burger 1.13kg 0 58200 10650 3 BEST BEFORE
2013 AU 14 EST752
The Gourmet Meat Shoppe Prime Rib Burger 907 g 0 58200 10733 3 BEST BEFORE
2013 AU 14 EST752
The Butcher’s Cut Pure Beef Patties
10 Patties
1.13kg 0 58200 21604 2 BEST BEFORE
2013 AU 14 EST752
The Butcher’s Cut Pure Beef Patties
20 Patties
2.27kg 0 58200 21592 2 BEST BEFORE
2013 AU 14 EST752
The Butcher’s Cut Pure Beef Patties
40 Patties
4.45kg 0 58200 21594 6 BEST BEFORE
2013 AU 14 EST752

Big & Juicy Burger
Meat Shoppe Big & Juicy Burger

Prime Rib Burger
Meat Shoppe Prime Rib Burger

Pure Beef Patties - 10 Patties
Pure Beef Patties – 10 Patties

Pure Beef Patties - 20 Patties
Pure Beef Patties – 20 Patties

Pure Beef Patties - 40 Patties
Pure Beef Patties – 40 Patties

These products have been distributed in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Northwest Territories. Canada Safeway Limited, Calgary, Alberta, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

This recall is the result of E. coli O157:H7 product testing by the CFIA related to an ongoing outbreak investigation. The CFIA is currently conducting a food safety investigation at the producing facility to determine if any additional products may be affected.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these 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.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Canada Safeway Limited at (403) 730-3511;

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).

 

XL Foods Lawsuit Grows

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Bad beef lawsuit against XL Foods expands

CBC News

Posted: Feb 15, 2013 1:56 PM MT

The lawsuit, launched after at least 18 people became ill after eating tainted beef, asks for $17 million from the company.The lawsuit, launched after at least 18 people became ill after eating tainted beef, asks for $17 million from the company. (CBC News)
There are now 75 people from across the country who have joined a $17-million class-action lawsuit against the company that was behind Canada’s largest beef recall.

Last fall, at least 18 cases of illness from E. coli contamination were linked to tainted beef that came from the plant in Brooks, Alta.

The suit was launched in October by an Edmonton man, Matthew Harrison, who got sick after eating the tainted beef at a friend’s home in September.

The lawsuit, which has been picked up by an Edmonton law firm, is now asking for $17 million in damages for emotional and physical trauma, loss of income and other expenses by plaintiffs.

The lawsuit alleges that the XL plant knew of poor quality control and concealed that information from consumers and regulators.

The allegations have not been proven in court.

Lawyers are expected to appear before the court on the matter in October.

 

Ottawa Launches Review Into XL Foods E. coli Outbreak

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Panel will report back to Agriculture Canada with recommendations on improving food safety

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Agriculture Canada says an independent panel of experts will review what contributed to the outbreak of E. coli at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta.Agriculture Canada says an independent panel of experts will review what contributed to the outbreak of E. coli at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

The federal government has launched a review of the E. coli outbreak last fall that sickened 18 people and led to the largest beef recall in Canadian history.

The review is to focus on what contributed to the outbreak of the potentially deadly bacteria at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta.

It will also look at how well the Canadian Food Inspection Agency performed, including why tainted meat was distributed to retailers and sold to consumers.

XL Foods Recall

Agriculture Canada said the review will be conducted by an independent panel of experts who are to hand in a report with recommendations to improve food safety.

“We take the safety of Canada’s food supply very seriously and we remain committed to the continuous improvement of Canada’s strong food safety systems,” Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a news release Friday evening.

Industry experts

At the time of the E. coli outbreak the XL Foods plant was the largest Canadian-owned beef slaughter facility in the country.

It is now owned and operated by JBS Food Canada, a subsidiary of JBS South America.

The federal government said the review panel includes recognized scientific, public health and meat industry experts.

They include Ronald Lewis, former chief veterinary officer for British Columbia; Dr. Andre Corriveau, chief public health officer for the Northwest Territories; and Ronald Usborne, a former executive with Caravelle Foods.

The review is to look at the design, implementation and oversight of food safety controls at the plant, including CFIA inspection policies, and how well testing information was shared by the company, inspectors and U.S. regulators.

The panel is to review the effectiveness of E. coli prevention protocols, including the ability to detect problems, recall beef products and how well the agency conducted followup investigations.

Federal documents have shown that CFIA inspectors issued six warnings to XL Foods about conditions in the plant between January 2012 and when the plant was temporarily shut down in September.

Some of the problems noted included improper sanitization of equipment, condensation dripping onto beef carcasses and containers overflowing with unsanitary water.

The agency said all of the problems cited were dealt with before the first cases of E. coli were found in beef produced at the plant.

The recall involved millions of tonnes of beef packaged in more than 2,000 different products across Canada and in many U.S. states.

The CFIA restored the plant’s operating licence on Oct. 23 and it was allowed to resume exports of beef products to the United States in December.

 

Last of Canada’s E. coli Tainted Lettuce Victims Discharged From Hospital

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Food Safety News:  Last of Canada’s E. coli Victims Discharged From Hospital

BY DAN FLYNN | JANUARY 28, 2013
Not a single E. coli O157:H7 outbreak can be considered a good one, but when everyone recovers it is about as good as it gets. And that’s how Canada’s January E. coli outbreak –sourced to California lettuce– is ending.“The last patient was discharged,” John Gillis, media relations advisor for the Capital Health District Authority in Nova Scotia, told Food Safety News.Last discharged was the one Nova Scotia patient out of the 30 E. coli victims in three provinces who also developed the kidney threatening Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). In addition to that patient, a dozen other E. coli victims were hospitalized across Ontario and the Maritimes.

Canada’s lettuce-caused E. coli outbreak first surfaced on New Year’s Eve–Dec. 31, 2012–in New Brunswick. In the next 16 days, a total of 30 E. coli illnesses were confirmed; 7 in New Brunswick, 10 in Nova Scotia, and 13 in Ontario.

Canada usually reports about 440 cases of E. coli O157:H7 annually.

Also within the first week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was investigating an Ontario-based distributor called Freshpoint. And two days later, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) found through its epidemiological assessment that the likely source of the outbreak was lettuce the victims consumed at KFC and Taco Bell restaurants.

The last onset of illness, among the victims,  was on Jan. 9. They ranged in age from  1-83, and  half were male and half were female.

KFC and Taco Bell, units of the fast food giant Yum! Brands got their lettuce from Freshpoint. On Jan. 10, Freshpoint initiated a recall of the lettuce its distributed to KFC and Taco Bell, quickly expanded to include other restaurants and institutions it served.

By Jan. 12, CFIA says it’s unlikely given the shelf life of lettuce that any of the contaminated products remains in circulation.

CFIA has traced the lettuce to California, from a grower involved in the Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA). Food Safety News has learned that the CFIA investigation  is focused on a brand from a company on the central coast of California. It’s a brand that may involve multiple growers and CFIA is not yet ready to name names.

California’s LGMA is safety program developed by the state’s growers and their buyers to prevent product contamination. It involves private auditors and public inspections by the State of California.
Many of the LGMA practices–developed after the 2006 spinach outbreak of E. coli– are included in the new produce rule published for comment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Beef Recall in Canada Expands, New Products Affected

Angela Ayles

BY ANGELA AYLES | DECEMBER 17, 2012 @ 9:02 AM

Last week, the CFIA and Loblaw Companies Ltd issued a joint recall to warn consumers about the potential health risks (e. Coli) of consuming certain Butcher’s Choice beef products. Since the initial recall, several additional products have been recalled and, now, Cardinal Select brand prime rib beef burgers are also being pulled from shelves.

Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

In addition to the Butcher’s Choice Beef recalls from December 12December 13 and December 14, there was one additional update over the weekend. Click on the links to view the official recalls for each date.

The latest recall has many consumer concerned, not necessarily because it lists a ton of products or because it’s a particularly popular brand of burgers but because it’s the second brand affected by the recall. The beef recall in the summer started out with just one brand affected but quickly expanded to include several other brands and thousands of products.

The specific products affected by the Cardinal brand recall include Cardinal brand Prime Rib Beef Burgers, sold in 1.13 kg packages bearing UPC 0 63351 01561 1. The affected product bears the code BEST BEFORE 2013 JL 31 EST 752.

You can see all of the information associated with the latest recall here.

We’ll keep you posted as more products/brands become affected.

Source: CFIA

courtesy FoodBeat.com – Concourse Media

 

Loblaw’s Expands Butcher’s Choice Recall: Round 3

Certain BUTCHER’S CHOICE Beef Burgers may contain E.coli O157:H7 bacteria

Butcher’s Choice Beef Recall
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OTTAWA, December 14, 2012 – The public warning issued on December 13, 2012 has been updated to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Butcher’s Choice Beef Burgers described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

Loblaw Companies Ltd., Brampton, Ontario is voluntarily recalling all product codes from the marketplace as a precautionary measure.

Product Size UPC
Butcher’s Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers 1.13 KG 0 60383 89364 4
Butcher’s Choice Garlic Peppercorn Beef Burgers 1.13 KG 0 60383 89363 7

These products have been distributed nationally.

This recall is the result of E. coli O157:H7 product testing by the CFIA related to an ongoing outbreak investigation. The CFIA is currently testing additional products collected from across the country. The recall may be further updated to include other products as test results are received. In addition, the CFIA is conducting an investigation at the producing facility, which could lead to the recall of more products.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these 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 monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Loblaw Customer Relations at 1-800-296-2332 or customerservice@loblaws.ca;

Public Relations Department, Loblaw Companies Limited at (905) 459-2500 or pr@loblaw.ca; or

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).

 

 

More Butcher’s Choice Recalled By Loblaw’s

Certain BUTCHER’S CHOICE HICKORY BARBECUE Beef Burgers may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

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OTTAWA, December 13, 2012 – The public warning issued on December 12, 2013 has been updated to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Butcher’s Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

The following products are affected by this recall:

Product Best Before Code UPC
Butchers Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers 2013 FE 10 EST752 0 60383 89364 4
Butchers Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers 2013 FE 01 EST752 0 60383 89364 4

These products have been distributed nationally.

This recall is the result of E. coli O157:H7 product testing by the CFIA related to an ongoing outbreak investigation. The CFIA is currently testing additional products collected from across the country. The recall may be further updated to include other codes or products as test results are received. In addition, the CFIA is conducting an investigation at the producing facility, which could lead to the recall of more 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.

Loblaw Companies Ltd. , Brampton, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected products 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:

Loblaw Customer Relations at 1-800-296-2332 or customerservice@loblaws.ca;

Public Relations Department, Loblaw Companies Limited at (905) 459-2500 orpr@loblaws.ca; or

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).

Butcher's Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers
Butcher’s Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers

 

Loblaw’s Recalls Butcher’s Choice Beef Burgers

Certain BUTCHER’S CHOICE GARLIC PEPPERCORN Beef Burgers may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

OTTAWA, December 12, 2012 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are warning the public not to consume certain Butcher’s Choice Garlic Peppercorn Beef Burgers because this product may be contaminated with E. coliO157:H7.

The affected product, Butcher’s Choice Garlic Peppercorn Beef Burgers, is sold frozen in 1.13 kg packages bearing UPC 0 60383 89363 7. The affected product bears the code BEST BEFORE 2013 MR 03 EST 752.

This product has been distributed nationally.

This recall is the result of an ongoing investigation into a number of E. coli O157:H7 related illnesses in Canada. The CFIA is currently testing additional products collected from across the country. The recall may be expanded to include other codes or products as test results are received.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this 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.

Loblaw Companies Ltd., Brampton, 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:

Loblaw Customer Relations at 1-800-296-2332 or customerservice@presidentschoice.ca;

Public Relations Department, Loblaw Companies Limited at (905) 459-2500 or pr@loblaw.ca;

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).