XL Foods has been recalling massive amounts of ground beef from an E. coli contamination. Last week we saw a few additional products begin to be recalled, like the beef steak. We called the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, where they told us they were doing massive investigations and the recalls would continue. The inspection has finished and the results are astounding. They found that XL Foods was slaughtering the cows and packaging the meat in “insanitary conditions that resulted in a high [contamination] event period. Therefore, all products produced on the affected dates are considered adulterated and must be either destroyed or verified as having received a full lethality treatment.” The affected dates are August 24, 27, 28, 29, and September 5th. All products produced on those days at the XL Foods factory have now been recalled. Thankfully the XL Foods factory has had its license suspended. This recall is massive and continues to expand.
For all consumers who have purchased meat in the last month and a half, we recommend great caution. XL Foods produces bulk meat that grocers then repackage under different names. Many customers freeze their meats after purchase, so check your freezer for these recalled products. Additionally, restaurants are being warned of this recall as they may have purchased the recalled meat.
If you have purchased beef products from the below stores after August 24th, we recommend you contact the respective food safety departments to insure your meat is not included in the recall. For the United States, the contact number is 1-888-674-6854. For Canada the contact number is 1-800-442-2342.
United States Customers
For those customers from the United States, the recalls have only recently begun but there is no end in sight. The United States Department of Agriculture and the Food Safety and Inspection Service have brought together a pdf document of all stores where the meat was distributed to. The biggest distributors are: Albertson’s, Baker’s, City Market, Dillon’s, Food 4 LEss, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Haggen Northwest Fresh, Hilander, Jay C, King Soopers, Kroger, Owen’s, Payless, QFC, Ralph’s, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Scott’s, Smith’s Stores, and TOP Food and Drug. These are just the largest retailers. Read the full list of stores that have received the recalled product here.
The recalled products have been very widely distributed in Canada. the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has brought together a retail list of vendors who have received the recalled products. These include: CO-OP, Food Basics, Foodland, Giant Tiger, IGA, Costco, Kirkland Signature, Loblaws, Longos, Metro, No Frills, Real Canadian WholeSale Club, Safeway, Sobeys, SuperValu, and Walmart. Read the full list of stores that have received the recalled product here.