New items have been added to the meat recall list by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Thursday.
The federal agency added to the already 1,500-item list of meat products being recalled from the Brooks, Alta.-based XL Foods Inc. processing plant on their website.
They recommended not buying beef soup bones (previously frozen) from Canada Safeway with best before dates of Sept. 4, 2012 and Oct. 6, 2012 (UPC code starting with 221705).
Petite tender seasoned boneless beef shoulder roasts from Walmart are also being recalled, from best before date of Sept. 30, 2012 to Oct. 15, 2012 (UPC code starting with 6 81131 and 52820 7).
Regular ground beef club pack, regular ground beef, lean ground beef, lean ground beef club pack, extra lean ground beef club pack, lean ground sirloin and ground sirloin patties were also on the list as sold to No Frills.
For more information on the products being recalled, click on http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?nid=698749.
The CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected beef in their home to check with the store where the product was purchased or throw it out.
There have been four E. coli illnesses associated with the consumption of beef products originating from XL Foods.
The voluntary recall is part of an ongoing food safety investigation by the CFIA as it tries to identify and verify all affected products. If additional affected products are confirmed, the CFIA’s website will be updated.
To stay informed of product updates throughout the investigation, people are also encouraged to subscribe to CFIA food recalls and allergy alerts at www.foodsafety.gc.ca.
Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled.
Consumption of food contaminated with the 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.