OTTAWA — The public is being warned not to consume certain ground beef products which bear the establishment number 761 because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says all ground beef products made between July 1, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012 at the facility linked to the establishment number are included in the warning.
The agency's directory of registered meat establishments and licensed operators lists Saskatoon-based New Food Classics as the company linked to establishment number 761.
The company also does business under the names The FoodService Company, Over the Edge, GrillHouse, BBQ Perfect, Ground and Browned, Bento, Oven Perfect, Absolute Favourites, Micro Perfect, Canadian Gourmet, Pubpan, Mastercut, Super Club and Recipe Ready.
The products have been distributed nationally and there has been one reported illness associated with them.
They can be identified by the establishment number — 761 — that appears on meat packaging.
They can also be identified by best before dates between Jan. 1, 2012 and Feb. 15, 2013, a production code between July 1, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012 or a five-digit lot code where the last four digits are 1831 or higher.
The agency says it will provide more product information as it becomes available.
Food contaminated with E.coli may not look or smell spoiled but can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea.