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Canada battles another E.coli outbreak

By Carina Perkins , 14-Dec-2012
Last updated on 14-Dec-2012 at 11:43 GMT2012-12-14T11:43:04Z

Food safety officials in Canada are battling yet another outbreak of E.coli from contaminated beef.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on 12 December that an investigation into an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 had resulted in a voluntary recall of two batches of Butchers Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers from Loblaw Companies Ltd, in Brampton, Ontario. The recall was extended yesterday.

The agency added that it was currently testing other beef products and conducting an investigation at the Loblaw plant, which could “could lead to the recall of more products”.

Eating meat contaminated with E.coli O157:H7 bacteria can lead to serious illness, with symptoms including abdominal pain, bloody diarrhoea, seizures or strokes, kidney damage and even death.

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