Certain veal liver sold in Quebec may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Starting date:
August 9, 2013
Type of communication:
Recall
Alert sub-type:
Health Hazard Alert
Subcategory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
White Veal Meat Packers (Est. 412)
Distribution:
Quebec
Extent of the product distribution:
Retail
CFIA reference number:
8236

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 9, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and White Veal Meat Packers Ltd. (EST 412) are warning the public not to consume Veal Liver described below because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The affected product, Veal Liver, was sold from the following retail stores in Quebec from July 31, 2013 to August 9, 2013, inclusive.

Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

White Veal Meat Packers Ltd., (EST 412), Toronto, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Additional info
-- Veal Liver Variable weight Sold from:
Boucherie Al Khair Inc., 428 av. Lafleur, Lasalle
Boucherie Al Khair Inc., 1550 boul. Daniel Johnson, Laval
Boucherie Al Khair Inc., 300 rue Jean-Talon E, Montréal
Les Caprices d'Al-Adhba Inc., 2235 rue Saint-Rémi, Laval

Media enquiries

CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600

For more information

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth. For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.
For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.
Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die. For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.