List of recalled beef products expanded again as political fallout builds

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The list of beef products being recalled from Alberta’s XL Foods due to possible E. coli contamination grew again early today.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency updated its alert to add dozens of additional products sold across the country to an already lengthy list of recalled beef.

The federal agency cautions the list may still grow as officials track beef from the affected plant to secondary and tertiary distributors, manufacturers and retailers.


The latest alert came just hours after MPs wrapped up an emergency debate in the House of Commons into the government’s handling of the recall.

Opposition MPs have been hammering the government all week over its handling of what’s being billed as the largest food recall in Canadian history.

They claim funding cuts to the CFIA made the problem worse while the government insists it has increased the number of food inspectors and strengthened protections.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz toured the XL plant in Brooks, Alta., on Wednesday and said the government’s “highest priority” is to keep food safe.

He said that’s why the XL Foods plant will only re-open once the president of the CFIA confirms in writing that the health of Canadians is not at risk.

The recall of ground beef began on Sept. 16 and has since been expanded numerous times since to include more than 1,500 beef products in Canada and the U.S.

In yet another development, a lawsuit has been filed that alleges XL Foods knew it had poor quality control and put profits above consumer safety.

The statement of claim against the meat-packer has not been proven in court and a judge must still determine if it may proceed as a class-action lawsuit.

An Edmonton man who got sick from E. coli after eating a steak on Sept. 5 traced to the plant is named as the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.



Organizations: XL Foods, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, House of Commons

Geographic location: Alberta, Brooks, Canada Edmonton

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    October 05, 2012 - 12:10

    On Sept. 4 the USA Border Agency notified Canada Food Inspection Agency of E-Coli in Alberta beef. On Sept. 14 the USA closed their border to Canadian beef.Canada did not close this plant till Sept.27.Our American cousins were well protected from consuming this product while in Canada it was business as usual no matter the dangers.To save dollars we've been letting people go left and right ,now it will cost us our world wide reputation of prime Canadian beef just as we finally recovered from the mad cow scare.Billions of dollars.Most importantly the safety of our nations food is in jeapordy as well as peoples lives.When will we learn from Walkerton or the Maple Leaf Foods fiasco?These Tories got to go while we still have a country.

  • Bill Kays
    October 05, 2012 - 09:32

    Yes, this E. Coli outbreak is a serious thing but not nearly as serious as the genetically modified food study put out in France last week. that directly links genetically modified foods and food stuffs are directly linked to cancer and a shorter life span. It is in every single processed food you can think of. What is our government doing about that? NOTHING so far. I have written to Sean Casey to see if he will ask the minister of health to ban these poisons that are in our food chain. Europe and Russia are calling for an all out ban on genetically modified corn and SOY BEAN (thank Gail Shea for some more subsidized poison being grown in our fields).

  • intobed
    October 04, 2012 - 11:40

    If you have any beef in the house, and you don't know where the beef was raised, throw it out. This includes sausages, salamis, hot dogs, canned chili or stew, pretty well everything. Be safe, since our federal politicians don't seem to have a clue about what to do.