Beef recall expanded once again

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A security vehicle sits at the main entrance to XL Foods' Lakeside Packers plant at Brooks, Alberta on Monday, Oct. 1st, 2012, 2012.

Saskatchewan is reporting a spike in E. coli cases but is waiting for lab tests before linking them to the massive beef recall from an Alberta plant.

The Ministry of Health announced Tuesday that there were 13 reported cases of E. coli infection in the province last month.

The usual number for September is between zero and four.


“Public health authorities are investigating these cases and conducting tests to determine whether they are linked to the recall,” reads a government release.

“Laboratory results are expected within the next few days.”

Health officials were reminding consumers to cook beef thoroughly and to wash their hands when preparing food.

The warning comes after yet another recall of beef products from Alberta’s XL Foods.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a health hazard alert released overnight that dozens of additional products, including roasts and sausages, have been added to a long list of recalled beef.

The agency announced the expanded recall as it continues to investigate the Brooks, Alta., meat-packing plant, which had its licence temporarily suspended last week.

The CFIA is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, or serve any of the beef products on the list because they may be contaminated with E. coli.

The new additions are products sold in Ontario by The Kitchen Table, Zehrs, Your Independent Grocer and Valu-Mart, in Quebec by Entrepot de Viandes stores, by Brooks Meat Packers in Alberta, and Co-op, ValuFoods and Village Mart in the Atlantic provinces and Quebec.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a health hazard alert released overnight that dozens of additional products, including roasts and sausages, have been added to a long list of recalled beef.

Also added to the list are products from Real Canadian Superstore and Extra Foods stores across most provinces, along with many Dominion stores, Loblaws in Quebec, Real Atlantic Superstore in the Maritimes and Save Easy stores in the Atlantic provinces.

The entire list can be found on the website of the food inspection agency (at

The agency says consumers who are unsure if they have the affected beef in their home should check with the store where the product was purchased or throw it out.

There have been four E. coli illnesses associated with the consumption of beef products originating from XL Foods Inc.

The recall, which has been expanded several times over the past two weeks, has raised awareness of food safety issues in Canada as well as fears over the growing size and scope of the recall.

During question period in Parliament on Monday, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and acting Liberal leader Bob Rae accused the governing Conservatives of failing to alert Canadians about meat from the Alberta packing plant.

Rae drew a direct line between the XL Foods problem and several Canadian cases of E. coli poisoning, including that of a nine-year-old girl who suffered kidney failure as a result.

The Conservatives say their government has introduced new legislation to improve food safety and the CFIA’s ability to respond quickly to problems.

They also say they have added 700 food inspectors since 2006, 170 of them specifically for meat inspection.

E. coli O157:H7 is potentially deadly. Health officials say it can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure.



Organizations: Alberta plant.The Ministry of Health, XL Foods.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, XL Foods Valu-Mart Conservatives Village Mart Extra Foods Dominion Loblaws

Geographic location: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec Ontario Atlantic Canada

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Recent comments

  • I love BEEF
    October 05, 2012 - 09:50

    Food is needed for everyone , why this is happening only those not doing there jops can be held responsable ,blaming anyone else is just passing the buck. Just wondering if all this beef is being recalled where are the stores getting there beef that are on there shelves .Is it save or do we still have to wait , with the plant closed and Brook side being closed where is the beef coming from now.

  • Marie Gallant
    October 02, 2012 - 19:42

    In a TV interview of one of the plant workers, I happened to notice he was a foreigner. Now, don't get me wrong, we need these immigrant workers as there aren't enough native Canadians to do the work. But, at the same time they do not have the same work ethics and quality controls in place that those born here have preached into them for many years. How do you expect that all food processed will be sanitary and the machines used during the processing are rigorously cleaned to the highest degree. If any short cuts are taken, or the people who work in the plants don't practice safe hygiene, how can these outbreaks be contained. It's all about the money, but the damage is already done, not only to Alberta beef but to all Canadian products and our food supply is now threatened since nobody trusts anybody anymore. I was always queasy about eating hamburger and most meat and now am grateful we didn't purchase any meat during that period.

    • dave
      October 03, 2012 - 08:41

      This comment ia for Marie Gallant, just because someone's a foreigner doesn't mean they're not trained properly that is just complete ignorance on your part. I am in Islander living in Ontario where we have lots of foreigners and a lot of them do a better job than the actual Canadians so get a little bit education before you start spewing your opinions other people you know nothing about. if it weren't for the so called foreigners you say you wouldn't have have to fresh fruit and vegetables from across Canada to be able to buy them in your grocery store. it's ignorant people like you that give Islanders a bad reputation for not knowing things

  • Bill Kays
    October 02, 2012 - 19:16

    I am not going to get into the horror stories but please UNDERSTAND, the government will never tell us lay people the whole truth or total disclosure on any subject. They lie to us constantly or fail to tell us the whole truth about almost anything because they think they are better than we are. Arrogance. Do yourself a favor and do not buy ground beef. Ground beef was my favorite food for all of my 57 years but no longer. Is it any wonder this contamination is happening. No-one in these factories care about the quality of the food you and I and our families consume. It is a very large corporation and as such is unmanageable morally. They only exist to squeeze as much profit as possible out of each morsel. Never mind the fact that "you do not know what is in your beef". You also have no idea where the beef comes from. Our food should be labelled stating the origin of the food and whether or not it "contains any quantity" of GM foods or foodstuffs, flavoring, coloring, or any other way they hide it, for example, ingredients now say "contains sugar" but we have no way of knowing if GMO beet sugar makes up a portion of that sugar. Believe, we are being poisoned slowly and deliberately. The longer we live the more money it takes to keep us. This is why our very young and out elderly are most at risk.

  • intobed
    October 02, 2012 - 17:59

    The PEI Beef Products plant in Borden PEI is missing a tremendous marketing opportunity during this crisis. An immediate advertising campaign touting PEI beef should be initiated in all the Canadian markets that XL meats used to serve. Why are we not hearing about this?

      October 03, 2012 - 15:56

      They also missed it during the mad cow scare a few years ago. That place is doomed. They will never make a go of it even after the government built them a $40 Million plant and continue to subsidize it. It's time to cut the cord and let them go. I have been harping on the lack of marketing for years to no avail.The only marketing plan is to get farmers wives to write nasty letters to the editor complaining that no one buys their beef. The main reason no one buys their beef is that they don't know where to buy it.

  • Jimmy
    October 02, 2012 - 17:52

    Perhaps the fact that island meat is over priced like it's milk.

  • Darcie Lanthier
    October 02, 2012 - 15:42

    If you must buy beef, buy Island Beef. If you don't know why, watch Food Inc.