2.5 Million Pounds of Recalled Canadian Beef Entered the United States

E.coli contaminated beef may have found its way into U.S. retail outlets.


| October 8, 2012



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 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on September 20, 2012, issued a Public Health Alert in regards to the possibility of contaminated beef products.

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This article was posted with permission from Food Safety News.

Approximately 2.5 million pounds of beef now-recalled over E. coli O157:H7 concerns was imported into the U.S. from XL Foods, Inc. in Canada, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The new U.S. estimate, which is significantly higher than FSIS’s initial report, was released by the agency Sunday right as Canadian health officials announced more E. coli O157:H7 illnesses and expanded their beef recall for the sixteenth time. The recall of more than 1,800 different products is the largest in Canadian history, impacting dozens of retailers.

U.S. health authorities have not announced any American illnesses, but in Canada there are 10 confirmed E. coli cases linked to the contaminated beef.

After conducting a check on the U.S. side of the recall, FSIS determined that there were approximately 1.1 million pounds of beef trim and 1.4 million pounds of primal and sub-primal cuts used to produce steaks, roasts, mechanically tenderized steaks and roasts, and ground beef.

For the most up-to-date list of recalled products from U.S. retailers — which include Safeway, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, Kroger, and others — check eFoodAlert. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has posted a list of recalled products as well.





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