XL Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling specific production lots of ground beef due to possible E.Coli contamination. Some of the ground beef may have been sold by Costco Canada locations across Canada from August 30, 2012 to September 15, 2012 under the following labels:
- Kirkland Signature Lean Ground Beef, Costco item number 21927, Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15
- Kirkland Signature Lean Ground Beef Patties, Costco item number 52733, Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15
- Kirkland Signature Ground Beef Tubes, Costco item number 97420, Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15
Initially, the ground beef tested negative for E.coli 0157:H7, however, further testing raised the possibility of E. coli contamination. Luckily, neither XL Foods nor CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) have had any reports of illness as a result of this ground beef. But it is always better to be safe than sorry. So, if you have purchased this and it is in your freezer or fridge, don’t eat it!
Food contaminated with E.coli 0157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.
If you have purchased this ground beef , please return the affected product(s) to your Costco warehouse for a full refund (or wherever you purchased it from). If you have other questions, please contact XL Foods at 1-866-467-1514 or visit their website at www.xlfoods.net.
To find out more information about all of the locations and products affected by this recall, you should check out the CFIA alert webpage. This page lists all of the other stores, product information like size and SKU, as well as the various cities where the recalled products have been sold. E.Coli is not something to mess with, so if you have one of these products, please check the alert to see if your product is part of the recall.