Canada: Ground beef E. coli scare

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By Paul Turenne, SUN MEDIA

Last Updated: 8th April 2009, 10:18am


Ground beef sold at Manitoba Safeway stores a few weeks ago may be contaminated with E. coli, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency warns.

No illnesses have been reported, but Safeway spokesman John Graham said a voluntary recall of the product is being done "out of an abundance of caution."

"For the most part I'm sure the product's been consumed by now, but it may still be sitting in people's freezers," Graham said.

The meat in question is lean ground beef with a best before date of March 19.

The meat was sold in packages of roughly one pound with the first part of the UPC reading 201670.

It was sold at every Safeway store in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, as well as in Saskatchewan, from March 13 to 19.

Graham said all of those stores received a shipment of the potentially tainted meat from Winnipeg-based distributor Vantage Foods.

The potential contamination was identified through routine testing at Vantage Foods, Graham said.

The CFIA advises anyone who has this meat in their freezer to avoid eating it.



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