E. coli O157:H7 Beef Recall – Canada

Updated May 10, 2012

As a result of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) investigation, the public warning issued on March 17, 2012 has been updated to provide details of over 135 affected products under various brand names and codes that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

 Please check your refrigerator and freezer to determine whether you have purchased any of the more than 135 ground beef products included in the recall list.

Canadians were greeted on February 18, 2012 with a Health Hazard Alert, courtesy of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and New Food Classics, a Burlington, Ontario-headquartered company.

Beef burgers produced at the company’s Saskatoon, Saskatchewan production facility (identified by the Establishment Registration Number 761) were recalled after an E. coli O157:H7 illness was linked to the consumption of one of the company’s beef burgers. New Food Classics packages its beef products under several brand names, including: The Foodservice Company, Over The Edge, Grillhouse, BBQ Perfect, Ground & Browned, Bento, Oven Perfect, Absolute Favourites, Micro Perfect, Canadian Gourmet, Pubpan, Mastercut, Super Club and Recipe Ready.

The specific beef burger product and lot number associated with the illness was not revealed. Nor were any details released about the severity of the illness, the location of the patient, or the basis for the link between patient and product. A week-old inquiry to the CFIA has gone unanswered, except for a “canned” email reply acknowledging the request for information.

The recall has been expanded since the initial alert, with additional products and distribution information. Following is a consolidation of the available information. I shall update this if/when more details are released.

Products Recalled (as of March 15, 2012)

  • Best Value 10 Beef Burgers, 1 kg:- UPC 0 71212 88103 8; Lot codes 72991 EST 761 and 82991 EST 761.
  • Best Value 20 Beef Burgers, 2 kg:- UPC 0 71212 88104 5; Lot codes 53011 EST 761, 63011 EST 761, 73011 EST 761, and 83011 EST 761
  • Country Morning Beef Burgers, 1 kg:- UPC 0 57316 02941 6. Lots 52841 EST 761, 62841 EST 761, 72841 EST 761, and 82841 EST 761.
  • Country Morning Beef Burgers, frozen, 2.27 kg:- UPC 0 57316 08662 4. Lots 12861 EST 761, 22861 EST 761, 32861 EST 761 and 42861 EST 761.
  • no name 12 Beef Burgers, 1.36 kg:- UPC 0 60383 37333 7; Lot BB 2012 AL 22 EST 761.
  • no name Club Pack Beef Steakettes, 2.27 kg:- UPC 0 60383 01321 9. Lot BB 2012 AL 12 EST 761, and Lot BB 2012 AL 22 EST 761.
  • Grillhouse brand Angus Beef Burgers:- 4.59 kg pack. Product Code 55377. Lot code 11 OC 11.
  • Grillhouse brand Beef Burger With Seasoning, 3.2 oz:- 4.59 kg pack. Product Code 52988. Lot code 11 OC 12.
  • Grillhouse brand Beef Burger With Seasoning, 4 oz:- 4.59 kg pack. Product Code 52981. Lot code 11 OC 12.
  • Beef Burger – Classic, unbranded, 13.8 kg:- Prod date 11 OC 12. Item 55240. Est. 761.

The Grillhouse brand burger products were distributed throughout Canada to restaurants and institutional establishments.

The Beef Burger – Classic unbranded product was distributed in Alberta and Saskatchewan hotels, restaurants and institutional establishments.

The Country Morning Beef Burgers and no name Club Pack Beef Steakettes were distributed through retail channels across Canadian provinces and territories west of the Ontario/Quebec border.

Best Value Beef Burgers were distributed to Giant Tiger retail stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and to Northern Canada retail stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Link to Retail Distribution Details (as of March 26, 2012)

Links to Health Hazard Alerts (as of May 10, 2012)

  • Health Hazard Alert. Certain COUNTRY MORNING brand beef burgers and NO NAME club pack beef steakettes may contain E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria (issued February 18, 2012)
  • Expanded Health Hazard Alert. Certain COUNTRY MORNING brand beef burgers and NO NAME club pack beef steakettes may contain E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria (issued February 22, 2012)
  • Expanded Health Hazard Alert. Certain GRILLHOUSE brand beef burger products may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria (issued February 24, 2012)
  • Expanded Health Hazard Alert. Certain COUNTRY MORNING brand beef burger product may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria (issued February 25, 2012)
  • Individual Recall Details. New Food Classics. Recall reference No. 7024. Beef Burger – Classic (no brand name) (issued March 2, 2012)
  • Expanded Health Hazard Alert. Certain NO NAME BEEF BURGERS and BEEF STEAKETTES may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria (issued March 13, 2012)
  • Amended Health Hazard Alert. Certain BEST VALUE brand BEEF BURGER PRODUCTS may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria (issued March 15, 2012)
  • E. coli in certain frozen beef products – Questions and Answers (issued March 21, 2012)
  • Updated Health Hazard Alert. Update to the list of affected products for certain ground beef products produced at Establishments 761 and 530 (issued March 24, 2012)
  • FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Ground Beef Patties (issued March 24, 2012)
  • Updated Health Hazard Alert. Update to the list of affected products for certain ground beef products produced at Establishment 761 (issued March 26, 2012)
  • Updated Health Hazard Alert. Additional code information for previously recalled ground beef products produced at Establishment 761 (issued May 10, 2012)

Links to eFoodAlert’s New Food Classics posts

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8 thoughts on “E. coli O157:H7 Beef Recall – Canada”

  1. Owen O’Neill:I don’t use ground beef at home and ralery eat it at restaurants (i.e. 1X per year or less) but do know that green Hills has a stellar reputation for their meats. And quite often the old school method is best. My mom was the eldest daughter in a large family and was always sent to the butcher to buy the ground beef and mandated by her mother to watch the butcher grind to to order to ensure that they got exactly what they paid for (this being a small world and a smaller town that butcher shop was in the exact same storefront now occupied by the Real Food Coop).

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