Certain Frozen Beef Burgers may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Starting date:
October 22, 2013
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Updated Health Hazard Alert
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Belmont Meats Ltd.
Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island
Extent of the product distribution:
CFIA reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, October 22, 2013 - The public warning issued on October 20, 2013 has been updated to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Belmont Meats Ltd. (Est. 112) are warning the public not to consume the beef burgers described below because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

This recall is the result of an ongoing food safety investigation initiated as a result of a recent outbreak investigation. There may be recalls of additional products or best before dates as the food safety investigation at this facility continues.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The manufacturer, Belmont Meats Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling all affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

The following products, sold frozen, are affected by this alert.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC Additional info
Sunspun Bearpaw-shaped Beef Burgers 4.54 kg Best before date
2014-02-24 B##* BMP EST. 112
* where ## is a variable number
0 60383 09052 4

Sold in the following Loblaw banner stores:

Ontario: Loblaws, nofrills, Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs Markets, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Extra Foods, Fortinos, Freshmart, AXEP and Cash&Carry

Atlantic: Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Cash&Carry, Freshmart, Red & White and Save Easy

Quebec: Loblaws, Maxi, Presto/Club Entrepot and Provigo

West: Real Canadian Superstore, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Extra Foods, nofrills, Shop Easy, SuperValu and Westfair Independents

Compliments Traditional Beef Burgers 12 x 113 g (4 oz) / 1.36 kg Best before date
2014 MA 26 B##*
* where ## is a variable number
0 55742 34128 7

Sold in the following Sobeys banner stores:

Ontario: Sobeys, FreshCo, FoodLand and Price Chopper

West: Sobeys, IGA and Price Chopper


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Media enquiries

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For more information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Belmont Meats Ltd., Azim Hosein, Director of Technical Services at 416-749-7250 ext. 334; or,

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 diarrhoea. 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.