Investigation into Cardinal Meats Ends27 December 2012
CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has completed its investigation into ingredients used in burgers produced at Cardinal Meat Specialists Limited.
The burgers were recalled as part of an E. coli O157:H7 investigation.
Following extensive efforts, the CFIA has concluded that there is no evidence available to identify a source of contamination.
The Agency's investigation followed three lines of inquiry related to the ingredients - spices, domestic beef ingredients, and international beef ingredients.
CFIA investigators pursued all avenues of inquiry, including:
- Assessing production, inspection and testing records;
- Reviewing plant food safety procedures; and
- Conducting additional testing on burger ingredients.
Spices tested negative for E. coli and were ruled out of the investigation, according to a report of 21 December.
It was also determined that international ingredients had met all import certification and testing requirements.
The CFIA added that thre are also no reported cases of illness in those countries with the same E. coli O157:H7 genetic fingerprint.
The CFIA has now confirmed that all available domestic beef ingredient products have tested negative for E. coli O157:H7.
As all lines of inquiry have been exhausted, the CFIA said that its investigation will not progress further. A detailed report of the investigation will be posted on the CFIA’s website in the coming weeks.
The CFIA said nthat all products associated with a small cluster of illnesses in Ontario and Alberta was recalled from the marketplace between 12 and 15 December. The CFIA said it will continue to work with public health authorities to monitor any reported cases of illness.
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