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Food Safety Agency Investigates E.coli Link

19 December 2012

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed a link between Butcher's Choice burgers and a small cluster of illnesses in Ontario and Alberta.

All of this product was recalled from the marketplace between 12 and 15 December 15.

Analysis of samples taken by the CFIA is ongoing, but to date, the CFIA has determined that one production day of recalled burgers has the same E. coli O157:H7 genetic fingerprint as the reported illnesses.

Recalled burgers from a second production day have been confirmed to have E. coli O157:H7 but they are not linked to any recent or current illness outbreaks.

Genetic information from the two remaining production days of recalled burgers is expected later this week, and this information will help inform the CFIA's ongoing food safety investigation.

The company that produced the recalled burgers, Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd., is a processing facility that uses ingredients from a range of suppliers.

The CFIA is investigating ingredients used in the recalled burgers through three lines of inquiry: spices, domestic beef ingredients and imported beef ingredients.

The imported beef ingredients are from Australia and New Zealand, and the Agency is following up with these countries to review testing information and determine if any potentially linked illnesses have been reported.

In its investigation of spices and domestic beef ingredient suppliers, the CFIA is reviewing production records, inspection reports and test results to identify any indicators of elevated E. coli risk for the ingredients used to make the recalled burgers. Where samples are available, testing is underway.

If the CFIA's investigation identifies potentially contaminated ingredients, additional products may be recalled.

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