XL Foods beef product recall grows larger

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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OTTAWA, Ontario – On Oct. 7, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) added more products to a previously announced voluntary recall of certain beef products from XL Foods on E. coli O157:H7 fears. The agency is warning the public, distributors and foodservice establishments not to consume, sell or serve the suspect beef products. Previously identified products in this recall are listed on the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls.

The most recent products announced in the recall have the same manufacturing dates of Aug. 24, 27, 28, 29 and Sept. 5, 2012, as in the previously recalled ground-beef products. The trace out from XL Foods to secondary and tertiary distributors, manufacturers and retailers could result in a large number of affected products over a wide range of codes and dates, CFIA warns. This recall also includes unlabeled and/or unbranded beef products sold at retail stores not identified in the CFIA's product list, which may include small retailers, local meat markets, butcher shops and more.

The most recent recall additions announced on Oct. 7 involve affect raw beef and ready-to-eat products sold under the Africa Trading and HanAhReum Mart brands, or sold at Urban Fare, in British Columbia. Illnesses linked to beef products from the plant to date totals 10 people from three Canadian provinces, the Canadian Press relays.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) previously reported that approximately 890,000 lbs. of boneless beef trim were received by US firms from XL Foods Inc. relating to this recall. FSIS now estimates that approximately 1.1 million lbs. of trim and approximately 1.4 million lbs. of primal and sub-primal cuts used to produce steaks, roasts, mechanically tenderized steaks and roasts plus ground beef were received by US firms.

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