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Sep 22 2012

Canadian beef recall due to E.coli

May want to check your ice boxes.

OTTAWA, September 21, 2012 – The public warning issued on September 20, 2012 has been expanded to include additional ground beef products because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Previously identified products included in this recall can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website at www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls.

The CFIA is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, or serve the ground beef products described below because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

This recall also includes unlabelled and/or unbranded ground beef products available for sale from August 24 through September 16, 2012 and sold at retail stores not identified in the CFIA’s product list below, which may include small retailers, local meat markets and butcher shops, etc. Therefore, the CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected ground beef product in their home to check with the store(s) where the product was purchased or throw it out.

Full list available here. A little diligence to avoid bloody diarrhea is a decent trade-off.

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  1. 1
    ibbica

    If you cook the meat “well done”, won’t that kill the little buggers?

    I certainly understand it being a major problem on things you don’t normally cook as thoroughly (like, say, spinach), and I appreciate the warning, but is it really necessary to waste all that food?

  2. 2
    Jason Thibeault

    Yes, it’s possible to kill E.coli in ground beef, but you have to ensure it’s all cooked to at least 160F. Preferably 170F at the thickest part. But, this is a gamble. With contaminated beef, bear in mind you don’t know how thoroughly infested it is because that E.coli has been growing for however long it’s had since it got contaminated.

    If it wasn’t ground, just cooking the surface is usually enough. But frankly, I’m not about to take such a gamble. E.coli infection can be absolutely terrible, causing renal failure, paralysis and brain damage.

  3. 3
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    This is complete BS. They’re just trying to scaer you, and then, when NO ONE comes down w/ ecola They’ll say, “See, Science works!”

    But that’s not true at al. They have No Evidence for this. They can’t present any evidence for this because otherwise they would completely disprove Evolution.

    Industrial slaughterhouses have only been around for a number of decades, but it takes MILLIONS OF YEARS to evolve. So how can eCola which supposedly Evolved to live in a COW no suddenly live in unliving slaugherhouse meat?

    This is all just a scam by the same people who want to convince us that we need artificial medicines more than Prayer when God created prayer and Humans created medicine. Everytime they announce thier “scare” there just betting you won’t notice that no one gets sick because eCola can’t actually live where God doesn’t want it too. Then they try to use it as more Evidence for they’re Godless Culture of Death. But someday the sceintists will have to get right with GOD and if they don’t, they Will be held accountable by the poeple!

  4. 4
    leftwingfox

    @Cripdyke; Ok, I know you’re joking, but did that actually come from somewhere, or just a synthesis of crunchy christianity beliefs?

  5. 5
    leftwingfox

    …or CBC website comments, for that matter.

    Looks like I’m safe. The last tube of ground beef I bought from Fresh Co. was consumed without incident, and sirloin/round roast isn’t on the list. Leftover sirloin roast for dinner!

  6. 6
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @leftwingfox -

    Spontaneous snark, not carefully synthesized or anything, but I did think of doing after (it in part because? ‘Ware “post hoc ergo propter hoc”, but it’s not a bad hypothesis) I had read stupid comments on one of the CBC stories. Good guess – am I that transparent?

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    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Oh, and I have heard “E. coli” and “ebola” confused by some clueless person trying on the fly to refute observations of observed characteristic changes. I’m not sure how that person would have spelled “ecola” but it was a classic tell that this person had no clue about anything relating to microbiology or medicine *at all*. I’d been saving it, and this seemed like a good time to use it.

  8. 8
    Argle Bargle

    I don’t worry about eCola. It’s eGingerAle that’ll get you.

  9. 9
    Apparently Not Erin

    Before heading back to NS, my Dad made a batch of chili using potentially infected meat from Co-op that he had bought about 2 days before the initial recall list. It was so very thoroughly cooked and the cooked again that I know we’re safe.

    The thing is, that Co-op meat didn’t get added to the list until at least two days after the original recall list which had primarily Costco and Safeway meats on it. Think of all the people who buy their meat to cook that night. They wouldn’t have known before they used it. Even then, the initial recall was confined mostly to Alberta and then (again a few days later) started spreading across Canada. It’s a good argument for making sure your meat is always thoroughly cooked.

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