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XL Foods recall in U.S. expanded to 2.5 million pounds, more illnesses reported

FSIS has updated its totals for the amount of potentially tainted beef produced by XL Foods and exported to the United States. Previously, FSIS reported that approximately 890,000 pounds of boneless beef trim were received by U.S. firms from XL Foods, Inc. After conducting effectiveness checks, FSIS now estimates that 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.

The recall now contains over 1,500 products and affects retailers across Canada, as well as the U.S. The latest products added to the list include steaks, lean ground beef, roasts, stews, oxtail and sausages.

Information for consumers and the current retail distribution list are posted on FSIS' website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

Five more cases of E. coli-related illnesses have been linked to beef coming from the Brooks, Alberta, facility. Two of the cases were found in Quebec, and three more were in Alberta. All five people affected have already recovered. There have been a total of 10 illnesses linked to the beef, all located in Canada.

Source: FSIS, CTV News

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