Recall Of XL Foods Ground Beef Expands

OTTAWA (CANADIAN PRESS) — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has again expanded its health hazard warning about ground beef products from XL Foods of Alberta.

The warning about the beef sold is a variety of stores across much of the country is due to concerns about possible dangerous E. coli contamination.

The CFIA said early Thursday that Co-op stores in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Ontario, Sask., Yukon and the Northwest Territories also sold beef from XL Foods.

The meat was also sold in Presto and Club Entrepot stores in Quebec.

The initial warning covered some chains in Ontario, Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba, then grew to include Sobeys stores across Canada along with Foodland stores in Ontario and Atlantic Canada and Metro stores in Ontario and Quebec.

The meat was also available at Giant Tiger locations in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The CFIA initially said the beef was sold under the Kirkland Signature brand in Costco stores and under the Safeway brand in at least five provinces.

The federal agency has not yet said how much meat is involved in the recall, adding there have been no reported illnesses tied to eating the ground beef..

Retailers carrying the beef includes several corporate and franchised stores of Loblaw Companies Ltd., but not Loblaws stores themselves, says the company.

It says the stores include locations of Extra Foods, No Frills, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Shop Easy, SuperValu, Real Canadian Superstore, Westfair and Your Independent Grocer from Manitoba to British Columbia. It also includes these stores in Ontario: No Frills, Kenora; Extra Foods in Marathon, Dryden and Geraldton; Real Canadian Superstore in Thunder Bay; and Real Canadian Wholesale Club in Kenora and Thunder Bay.

Food contaminated with E. coli may cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Some people may have seizures, strokes or suffer kidney damage.