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E. Coli Risk from Canadian Raw Beef

Lauren Quinones4 years ago

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing a Public Health Alert for raw boneless beef trim products imported from Canada by XL Foods, Inc. These beef products are contaminated with E. coli.

According to FSIS, XL Foods, Inc. tested positive for E. coli on September 3, 2012. After a follow-up testing performed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the FSIS also tested positive, the beef was recalled on September 16, 2012.

About the Beef Trim Recall

  • The beef trim was distributed to California, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
  • At these U.S. locations, the beef trim could have been processed further into various products.
  • XL Foods, Inc. is checking with all companies that the beef trim was shipped to.
  • FSIS is working with companies to perform checks on all the meat.
  • FSIS is confirming that actions are being taken for beef that was distributed and manufactured into other not-ready-to-eat products.

What is E. Coli?

(According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

  • Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms.
  • E. coli can survive for extensive periods of time outside of its host.
  • Most strains are harmless, but some can cause serious food poisoning.
  • E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and neonatal meningitis.
  • Rare cases can cause hemolytic-uremic syndrome, peritonitis, mastitis, septicemia and gram-negative pneumonia.
  • E. coli can be transmitted in contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or persons.
What Should You Do?
  • Safely prepare all raw meat products, fresh or frozen.
  • Only consume ground beef that has been cooked to 160F.
  • Contact “Ask Karen”, the FSIS virtual representative, available 24/7 at AskKaren.gov.
  • Call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854 from 10AM to 4PM Eastern time Monday through Friday.
  • Visit the CDC or the FSIS announcement for more information.
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