USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday the agency is expanding a public health alert for Canadian beef packer XL Foods to include beef products produced on Aug. 24, 27, 28, 29 and Sept. 5.
XL Foods has expanded its recall to include all beef products produced on these dates.
“[T]he Agency is using this public health alert to make the public aware that these products are considered adulterated and should be returned to the place of purchase or destroyed.
Products subject to the recall include, but are not limited to, steaks, roasts, mechanically tenderized steaks and roasts, and ground beef.”
Previously, FSIS reported that some 890,000 pounds of boneless beef trim were received by U.S. companies from XL Foods.
After conducting effectiveness checks, FSIS estimates that, as of Friday, approximately 1.1 million pounds of trim and approximately 1.4 million pounds of primal and sub-primal cuts used to produce steaks, roasts, mechanically tenderized steaks and roasts, and ground beef were received by U.S. firms.
FSIS testing of raw boneless beef trim product from XL Foods confirmed positive for E. coli O157:H7 on Sept. 3.
After alerting the CFIA of the positive results, the agencies launched an investigation including additional testing, and CFIA announced a recall by XL Foods of a variety of ground beef products on Sept. 16. FSIS also issued a public health alert on Sept. 20, provided updated information on Sept. 21 and Sept. 26.
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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