Health Alert For Canadian Beef Expanded
What started out as a recall on only raw boneless beef trim from Canada has been expanded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to include all beef products manufactured at the XL plant in Brooks Alberta, Canada, on August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5.
The beef first tested positive for E. coli on September 3, 2012. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stated that the beef was produced in unsanitary conditions with an unusually high rate of positive findings for the possible E. coli.
About the Expanded Beef Recall
- Now 890,000 pounds of boxed beef produced by XL Foods, Inc. has been recalled.
- Products recalled include steaks, roasts, mechanically tenderized steaks and roasts, ground beef and other beef products.
- The CFIA is not sure exactly how many pounds of beef are contaminated.
Texas Among States Affected by Recall
- About 30 states have been affected, including Texas.
Grocery stores affected in Texas include:
- Sam’s Club
- Walmart – Childress, Gainesville, Pampa, Vernon, Wichita Falls
- For more information on stores affected in other states, please visit the FSIS list.
Concerns About Inspection Follow-Up
There are concerns that the CFIA and FSIS took too long to alert the public following inspections, news outlets report.
- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency didn't begin its inspection of XL Foods, Canada's largest meat processor, until 10 days after the contamination was originally reported.
- Food & Water Watch, a Washington DC advocacy group, has criticized the FSIS for its slow response. It has said that after 17 days of knowing about the potential crisis, the USDA finally issued a health alert on Sept. 20.
- The FSIS says that it took swift action in response to finding E.coli 0157:H7.
How Consumers Should Handle the Recall
- Check the recall list if you think you may have purchased any contaminated beef and dispose of the beef.
- Any beef products should be cooked to 160 degrees (internal temperature) in order to insure that the bacteria is killed.
- To check if food is safely cooked, be sure to use a food thermometer.
- For more information on the FSIS recall, please visit here.
- The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).
What is E. coli?
(According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- E. coli is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, dehydration and kidney failure.
- Rare cases can cause hemolytic-uremic syndrome, peritonitis, mastitis, septicemia and gram-negative pneumonia.
- Can be found in contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or persons.
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