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OTTAWA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning against the consumption of several brands of ground beef from XL Foods of Alberta because of possible E.coli contamination.

The beef was sold under the Kirkland Signature, Safeway and Calahoo Meats brands in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C..

The agency says there have been no reported illnesses linked to the product, which is being recalled by Edmonton-based XL Foods.

Consumption of food contaminated with the E. coli bacteria can cause serious, and even life-threatening illnesses.

Symptoms typically include severe abdominal pain and diarrhea.

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