A massive expansion on XL Foods’ ground beef recall earlier this week has consumers concerned for the health of their families. The CFIA and XL Foods released an initial recall on September 16, 2012 due to E. coli concerns and have updated it to include several more products and brands today.
The initial recall affected various beef products distributed by XL Foods of Alberta, Canada under two brands: Safeway, Calahoo meats and Kirkland Signature. These products were distributed to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
You can see all of the details of that recall here.
Today, the CFIA and XL Foods have issued a massive expansion which includes ground beef products sold at popular grocery stores all across Canada. These grocery stores include Sobeys, Metro, No Frills, Foodland, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Extra Foods, Shop Easy, SuperValu, Westfair, IGA and Entrepot de Viandes. The provinces have also been expanded to include Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland. The only provinces exempt from the recall at this point are Yukon and Northwest Territories.
You can see the full list of products associated with this recall (including UPC codes and dates of sale) here.
There have been no illnesses reported to date associated with these recalls.
We’ll keep you posted as more alerts become available.
Consumers with questions or concerns regarding this recall can contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at 1-800-442-2342 /TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).
*** UPDATE: The affected products were not sold at Loblaws stores. Their public relations team contacted Foodbeat with the following message:
“We wanted to make you aware that Loblaws grocery stores are not involved in the recent recall of select fresh ground beef and sausage products issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Unfortunately, the issued health alert is unclear. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and assure you that we are working with the CFIA to clarify the alert. If customers have concerns or questions, they are encouraged to contact our customer relations team at 1-866-999-9890.”
Source: CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)