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Canadian recall expands, U.S. Safeway stores affected

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing additional information related to the Sept. 20 Public Health Alert for raw boneless beef trim products imported from Canada that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. FSIS is including two additional production dates in its alert.

FSIS testing of raw boneless beef trim product from Canadian Establishment 38, XL Foods, Inc., confirmed positive for E. coli O157:H7 on September 3, 2012. FSIS alerted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of the positive results. After follow-up testing by FSIS and CFIA, the CFIA announced a recall by XL Foods, Inc. of a variety of ground beef products on Sept. 16, which was the subject of yesterday’s public health alert. Subsequently, the CFIA has expanded the scope of the recall to now include the production dates of Aug. 27 and Aug. 29, 2012.

In cooperation with the USDA Food Safety Information Service's public health alert on raw boneless beef trim products imported from Canada by XL Foods, Inc. that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, Safeway is voluntarily recalling a number of ground beef items sold in Oregon, Washington State and Montana. Safeway was informed by Interstate Meat Distributors that ground beef products produced for Safeway included trimmings from that were subject to XL Foods Inc.'s expanded recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date. Safeway is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution.

The recalled products have Sell By dates of 09-07-12 to 09-23-12.

Sources: FSIS, Safeway Inc.

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