The company is recalling Viandes Lauzon brand ground beef products on concerns of possible E. coli O157:NM contamination. Groupe Colabor already issued a recall of Viandes Lauzon brand lean ground veal on concerns the product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The ground beef and ground veal products were sold to hotels, restaurants, institutions, and daycare and healthcare facilities in Quebec, according to CFIA.
E. coli O157:NM is like E. coli O157:H7 in that it produces shiga-toxins that can cause a chain reaction resulting in the destruction of red blood cells and platelets. CFIA noted there have been no reported illnesses associated with consumption of the ground meat products.