Strip loin steaks from XL Foods recalled

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Following another beef recall, strip loin beef steaks from Costco Wholesale in Edmonton have been added to the recall list. — Photo by ThinkStock

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued another beef recall because of possible contamination with E.coli bacteria.This time, it's strip loin beef steaks, prepared and sold in variable weight packages from Costco Wholesale on 50th Street in Edmonton, Alta.

The steaks were sold from Sept. 4 to 7 and bear one of the following "packed on" dates: 12/SE/04; 12/SE/05; 12/SE/06.

Consumers are being advised to contact the store to determine if the beef products in their home freezers may be affected.

The CFIA said there have been several confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of steaks purchased at this Costco outlet, and it is working to have the affected products removed from the marketplace.

This recall follows ongoing expanded recalls in recent days of ground beef from XL Foods in Edmonton, Alta., involving more than 250 products distributed to various grocery stores across the country, including some in Newfoundland and Labrador. The CFIA hasn’t yet said if the strip loin steak recall is connected to the previous recalls.

After a review of XL Foods, the CFIA said in a news release that while no single factor would lead to E. coli O157:H7 contamination, a combination of several deficiencies could have played a role at the plant. The agency identified a number of issues  in the establishment’s preventative control plan. It says the detection of E. coli in slaughter facilities is not uncommon, and plants are expected to have adequate measures in place to monitor higher-than-normal detection rates and modify control measures accordingly.

“This trend analysis was not always conducted consistently at this facility,” the federal agency said.It went on to say “The company was unable to demonstrate through documentation that it regularly reviewed or made necessary updates to its control plan for the facility.”XL Foods Inc. has developed a response plan, which the CFIA says it has accepted, and the agency will monitor corrective actions to verify that they have been implemented effectively.As of Monday, the CFIA had issued seven alerts identifying products affected by this recall. More than 250 products have been recalled including ground beef and related products in Sobeys/Foodland stores and medium ground beef and all store-made ground beef products sold in Sobeys stores in the Atlantic region, including Newfoundland and Labrador, packed between Sept. 16 and 22.

The recall also includes Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, Metro, and Safeway stores in other provinces, Costco Kirkland Signature products nationally and beef products prepared for corporate and franchised stores of Loblaw Cos. Ltd. in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The CFIA is collecting information from suppliers, distributors and retailers and additional products could be identified and recalled.To date, no illnesses have been reported.

A full list of the recalled products and stores affected is on the CFIA website,

Organizations: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, XL Foods Inc., Costco Wholesale Sobeys Foodland Metro inc. Safeway Loblaw Cos. Ltd.

Geographic location: Edmonton, Newfoundland and Labrador, 50th Street Atlantic Ontario Alberta British Columbia Manitoba

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Recent comments

  • P F Murphy
    September 27, 2012 - 08:33

    Dear Jack, Sorry but E. coli is present in every cow's digestive system and cannot be eliminated no matter what they are fed. It is part of their normal gastro-intestinal flora.

  • P F Murphy
    September 27, 2012 - 08:27

    Again we have another demonstration of conflict of interest. The company's primary interest is to make a profit for its share holders and one way to do that is to rush or cut back on food safety procedures. Each test showing E. coli slows their production line by causing product to be dumped or recalled and thereby reduces their profit. If you don't test or test enough, you don't have a problem unless people start to get sick. The Harper government has increased the danger of food safety to us in NL by closing the food inspection lab in the White Hills. Now the samples checking companies have to be flown to Halifax increasing the time to get results and the possibility of release of contaminated product into the human food system by increasing the turn around time toward a week or ten days. Harper has also slowed the process by recentralizing NL food inspectors offices thus requiring more time spent driving not checking. Now even a mussel beach contaminated with PSP (paralytic shellfish poisoning) may not be closed for a a week or more due to inspector travel time and shipping time to Halifax or PEI putting Canadian families at risk. Yes, Harper is all law and order for our justice system but those things are not to only things that can harm or kill your family. Food inspectors are the "law and order" officers of our food system, a more imminent threat to every Canadian. Of course, no company would intentionally short on testing that they knew would harm people but with Maple Leaf and Listeria (21 people dead?) and now XL Foods and E. coli, all companies are in competition and a minor slip in a race to cheaper or quicker production methods and a more profitable bottom line can put all Canadians at risk in the shortness of a day.

    • Ryan
      September 29, 2012 - 09:24

      There's a CFIA office in country ribbon.

  • Jack
    September 27, 2012 - 07:51

    E-coli problems would not have happened if cows, pigs, chickens, and other essential livestock are fed grass and other foods they are genetically designed to eat and not corn, barley, or soy. Keep in mind that feeding corn to cows increases their stomach acidity, and creating an optimal breeding ground for e-coli growth. Maybe if cows are fed grass as opposed to corn, e-coli problems will disappear.