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CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Glatt's Brand Ground Beef and Ground Veal Products May Contain E. Coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 09/02/12 --

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Continental Strictly Kosher Meat, Poultry & Delicatessen Products (Establishment 29) are warning the public not to consume the ground beef and ground veal products described below because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The following Glatt's brand products are affected by this alert:


Lean ground veal                                                            
Lean ground beef                                                            
Medium ground beef                                                          
Medium ground beef Club Pack                                                

These Glatt's products were sold at various weights at the following locations in Quebec:


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Retailer location                  Pack date  Lot code                   UPC
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IGA #8111 at 5800 Cavendish                             Starting with 291851
 Boulevard, Cote Saint-Luc         27 AUG 12     22812             or 221814
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Kosher Quality Bakery at 5855                          Starting with 200201,
 Victoria Ave., Montreal           27 AUG 12     22812      200843 or 200200
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IGA #108 at 7151 Chemin dela                                  Starting with 
 Cote Saint-Luc, Cote Saint-                               200032, 200022 or
 Luc                               27 AUG 12     22812                200071
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Alimentation Marcel Picard at                                               
 13057 Gouin Boulevard,                                                     
 Pierrefonds, Montreal             27 AUG 12     22812               Unknown
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IGA #8522 at 4885 Avenue Van                                                
 Horne, Montreal                   27 AUG 12     22812               Unknown
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Consumers are advised to contact the retailers if you are unsure as to whether you have the affected beef products stored in your home freezer.

There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these 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.

The manufacturer, Continental Strictly Kosher Meat, Poultry & Delicatessen Products, Ville Mont-Royal, QC is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Continental Strictly Kosher Meat, Poultry & Delicatessen Products at 514-522-1196.

The CFIA at 1 800 442-2342 / TTY 1 800 465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on E. coli O157:H7, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/ecolie.shtml.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contacts:
Media enquiries:
Continental Strictly Kosher Meat,
Poultry & Delicatessen Products
514-522-1196

CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600

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