Re­call is­sued for beef sold at Sweet Beast

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - EX­AM­INER STAFF AND THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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.

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