Recall issued for beef sold at Sweet Beast
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall for some beef that was sold at a Peterborough butcher shop earlier this year. The recall is for clerkserved rib-eye steaks that were sold between June 11 and 18 at the Sweet Beast shop at 95 Hunter St. E. in East City. The steaks were possibly contaminated with E. coli bacteria, the agency reported. Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled, the agency warned, but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage.
In very severe cases of illness, people may die. Consumers should not use the steaks and other distributors should not use or sell them either, the agency warned. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to where they were purchased, the agency advised.
The Peterborough shop’s recall is part of a much wider national recall of raw beef and raw veal products that began Tuesday and has since been expanded.
It includes one-kilogram packages of Steakhouse Select brand of cracked pepper beef sirloin roast, with UPC code 628915014297 and a best-before date of Dec. 21, 2018, which had been sold at Walmart stores in Ontario.
Food safety watchdogs across Canada and the United States have issued safety warnings about the meat linked to an Ontario company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Wednesday its investigation continues into the Toronto-based slaughterhouse Ryding-Regency Meat Packers Ltd., which had its licence suspended Sept. 17 due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. At the time, the CFIA said the facility “failed to implement effective control measures.” In Canada, the latest warning is about dozens of items sold at restaurants and retail outlets, including Walmart and the food chain Pusateri’s.