E. coli alert - Fraser Valley Meats
24/03/2016 1:49:50 PM
Raw ground beef products produced by a Chilliwack butcher shop may pose a health risk if consumed.
Fraser Health is advising the public that raw lean and extra lean ground beef produced and sold between March 5-8, 2016 from Fraser Valley Meats may be contaminated with E. coli.
A sample of raw ground beef collected from Fraser Valley Meats was positive for E. coli O103. There were no food safety issues with the process in which the products were being prepared. The investigation is ongoing to determine the source. Fraser Valley Meats has offered a voluntary recall for products bought between March 5 and 8, 2016.
No illnesses have been reported linked to these products.
“These products were prepared using methods that meet food safety standards,” says Dr. Andrew Larder, Medical Health Officer, Fraser Health. “The E. coli strain found can cause illness similar to the O157 strain, but does so less frequently.”
The ground beef in question was only sold at Fraser Valley Meats in Chilliwack and is not distributed to other retail outlets. Therefore, if consumers have bought ground beef directly from Fraser Valley Meats between March 5-8, they are asked to return the meat to Fraser Valley Meats or discard it.
“It is important to remember that any ground beef may be contaminated with disease causing bacteria and that this product should be thoroughly cooked to an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F) or above,” said Dr. Larder.
This type of E. coli infection can cause bloody diarrhea and kidney failure, so anyone becoming ill with diarrhea 2-10 days after eating these meat products is encouraged to contact a physician, or call the nurse line at 8-1-1.