Canada’s heatlth officials probe frozen burgers contaminated with E coli

Bernadette Carreon – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Ottawa, Canada (4E) – The massive beef recall recall after frozen burgers sold by Canada Safeway Ltd. Tested after positive for E. coli bacteria is being probed by the country’s health officials.

Health officials are testing several Safeway brand burgers including Gourmet Meat Shoppe Big & Juicy Burger, Gourmet Meat Shoppe Prime Rib Burger and Butcher’s Cut Beef Patties sold in packages of 10, 20 and 40, according to Canada’s news articles.

The burgers were produced on one single day on Aug. 14, 2012 at the Cardinal Meat Specialists plant in Brampton, Ontario.

The article said that the burgers have a best-before date of Aug. 14, 2013. The plant howver will not be stopped from operating while investigation is ongoing.

Federal inspectors are examining retail samples of the products and received a positive response for E. coli. The investigation ensued after two people in Ontario and Manitoba became ill and tested positive for E. coli on Feb. 13.

Safeway Food Ltd. called for a voluntary recall of beef patty products that were distributed to stores in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Just how many of the patties were sold is not yet known.

Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled, but is potentially deadly. Health officials say it can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure.

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