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Frozen beef burgers recalled for possible E. coli contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Safeway have issued a warning that the Gourmet Meat Shoppe and The Butcher
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Safeway have issued a warning that the Gourmet Meat Shoppe and The Butcher's Cut brands of frozen beef burgers are not to be consumed.
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Frozen beef burgers are being recalled from Safeway because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Canada Safeway Limited are warning the public not to consume The Gourmet Meat Shoppe and The Butcher's Cut brands of frozen beef burgers.

These products have been distributed in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Canada Safeway Limited is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. CFIA said the recall is the result of E. coli product testing related to an ongoing outbreak investigation. The CFIA is currently investigating the producing facility to determine if any additional products may be affected.

Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled and consumption of the bacteria may cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pail and bloody diarrhea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. The CFIA said others my live with permanent kidney damage and in severe cases of illness people may die.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers — Canada Safeway Limited at 403-730-3511 or CFIA at 1-800-442-2342. For a list of products affected by this alert click here.

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