If you’re reaching for a burger for lunch, you might want to put it down in favour of a chicken sandwich or even a salad. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling over 135 frozen beef patty products due to possible E. coli contamination.
The first recall was issued by the CFIA on Saturday and has been updated to include these brands: Best Value, PC, PC Blue Menu, Calgary Stampede, Country Morning, Country Morning Gold, Exclusive Selections, Grillhouse, Heritage Angus Beef, Irresistibles, Keg, Licks, Maple Leaf Farms, Simply Food, Webers, Western Family and others.
According to the CFIA, the affected food products are mostly beef burgers and steakettes made between July 1, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012.
These products have been distributed nationally to retail stores, restaurants and institutional establishments. So you might want to avoid beef products, both in the grocery store and at the restaurant, until the CFIA calls off the recall.
Affected lots can be identified by the “establishment number” 761 listed on packages, cartons or cases.
So far there has only been one reported illness associated with eating one of the affected products.
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The symptoms of E. coli start within three to four days of eating the contaminated food and include: severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and headache. Check out the CFIA’s E. coli fact sheet to learn more about E. coli contamination.