by Christopher Freeburn | September 28, 2012 12:46 pm
Canada’s XL Foods has issued a voluntary recall of beef products shipped to the U.S. after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a warning about possible E. coli contamination.
The USDA had issued an earlier warning to stores in eight states, but extended that to 30 states on Thursday, the Calgary Herald noted.
Joining the USDA is the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which has also issued warnings about XL Foods’ ground beef in Canada.
XL Foods’ beef products are carried in a number of leading U.S. supermarket chains, including Kroger (NYSE:KR) and Safeway (NYSE:SWY). The beef is also sold at Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT).
On September 13, XL Foods’ Alberta manufacturing plant lost its license to export products to the U.S., as the Canadian government responded to a USDA request. The recall is being overseen by the U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service.
So far, no cases of illness have been definitely linked to XL Foods’ beef products. However, four people were diagnosed with E. coli in Edmonton, Alberta, after eating Kirkland-branded steaks that were made at the XL Foods plant and sold at a local Costco (NASDAQ:COST). It remained unclear if the contamination originated at the plant or in the store.
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