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

Starting date:
December 14, 2012
Type of communication:
Recall
Alert sub-type:
Updated Health Hazard Alert
Subcategory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157:H7
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Issue:
Food Safety
Audience:
General Public
Recalling firm:
Loblaw Companies Ltd.
Distribution:
National
Extent of the product distribution:
Retail
CFIA reference number:
7653

Advisory details

CFIA Investigation into Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. (E. coli O157:H7)
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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.

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.

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).

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size UPC
Butcher's Choice Butcher's Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers 1.13 KG 0 60383 89364 4
Butcher's Choice Butcher's Choice Garlic Peppercorn Beef Burgers 1.13 KG 0 60383 89363 7

Media enquiries

CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600

For more information

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. Fact Sheet: E. coli O157:H7 Food Safety Facts
For more information, consumers and industry can call the 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) or by filling out the online feedback form.