Massive Expansion of Frozen Beef Recall in Canada; 130 Products in Total Now Recalled

Ryan May
by Ryan May | March 20, 2012 @ 1:00 pm | 1 

Consumers in Canada are being warned today about a further expansion of a beef product recall that is now affecting over 130 product SKUs sold across multiple retail stores and even used in restaurants across Canada. We covered this beef recall story as it began to make news last week, but this expansion is quickly becoming one of the biggest that Canada has seen in some years. The affected product SKUs now cover almost all of the popular frozen burger brands in Canada.

The manufacturer, New Food Classics in Burlington, Ont., is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. New Food Classics was put into receivership last week.

The affected beef products were made between July 1, 2011, and Feb. 15, 2012 and were sold under a variety of brand names. Some of the recalled products include:

  • President’s Choice Burgers (over 15 product SKUs)
  • Keg Prime Rib Beef Burgers
  • Irresistibles Beef Burgers
  • Lick’s Beef Burgers
  • Maple Lodge Farms Burgers
  • Webers Burgers

A full list of the affected products can be found at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.

The affected products involved in the recall may be identified by one of the following codes:

  • best before date from BB 2012 JA 01 up to and including to BB 2013 FE 15.
  • production code with a format of 11 JL 01 up to and including 12 FE 15.
  • five-digit lot code, where the last four digits are 1831 or higher.

Foodbeat’s Take: Is it just us, or is it a little scary and deceiving that all of these “brand name” products are manufactured in the exact same facility in Burlington, Ontario? These are literally almost all of the frozen burger brands you will find at any supermarket in Canada. Now, I fully understand that this is commonplace in the food industry, but stories like this recall really drive home the need to think about everything we purchase at the supermarket. Sometimes, saving an extra dollar or two may not always be the best choice.