XL Foods of Canada initiated a recall on one days production of ground beef and trimmings.

The trimmings were tested for E. coli O157:H7 at the facility and the test was negative. However a subsequent sample by USDA at the border between US and Canada revealed a positive for the presence of E. coli O157:H7.

No illnesses have been associated to the ground beef.

The recall affected numerous grocery stores in Canada and several large processers in the U.S. who received beef from the recalled lot, including Morasch Meats of Portland Oregon. Brands affected include Morasch Meats, Calahoo, Kirkland Signature and Cattleman’s, among others. Additional information can be found here.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

US Foods’ number one priority is to notify any customer impacted by a recall. Only three Distribution Centers in the Pacific Region were affected by this recall and staff has already begun to contact affected customers. If you purchased a recalled product from us, you will be contacted shortly, or have already been contacted. If you purchased products elsewhere, use the information above to check with your supplier.

Thanks Greg Pallaske.