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Health Hazard Alert - Certain grain fed veal liver may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 10, 2011
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
White Veal Meat Packers (Est. 412)
British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail and Hotel/Restaurant/Institutional
Reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 10, 2011 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and White Veal Meat Packers Ltd. (Est. 412) are warning the public not to consume the grain fed veal liver described below because the product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The following White Valley brand Grain Fed Veal Liver products, sold in boxes weighing approximately 5 kg or approximately 25 kg are affected by this alert:

Format UPC Lot Distributed to:
1 individually vacuum packaged or 5 individually poly packed pieces per box 90059441201142 110601 British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec
1 individually vacuum packaged or 5 individually poly packed pieces per box 90059441201142 110603 British Columbia
5 individually poly packed, 1 pieces per box 90059441101145 110601 Quebec **

** This format is sold as White Valley brand Beef Liver at one retail store, Boucherie Al-Khair, 300 Jean-Talon East, Montreal, QC.

Retailers are advised to check the lot code on the packaging or with their supplier to determine if they have the affected product. Retailers may have sliced and sold the veal liver prepackaged or through the store's meat counter.

Consumers who have purchased grain fed veal liver in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec or beef liver at the one identified Quebec retail location, between June 1st and June 14, 2011 inclusive, are advised to contact their retailer to determine if they have the affected product. Consumers who may have purchased this product and still have it in their freezers are advised not to consume it.

There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating a multi-provincial outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in collaboration with provincial health authorities as well as federal health partners including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada.

The processor, White Veal Meat Packers Ltd. (Est. 412), Toronto, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

More information

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 diarrhea. 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.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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