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E. coli O157:H7 Found in BC Islamic Meats

Canada’s public health warning, first issued Nov. 9, about certain “halal” meat products that are being distributed in the Vancouver metropolitan area has been expanded to include more retailers and products.

The beef and lamb products, made in accordance with Islamic law and sold in Middle Eastern food markets, may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued the warning against eating  the products produced by Pitt Meadows Meat and Packers in Pitt Meadows, BC.

The contaminated meat products may not look or smell spoiled, CFIA said, but the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria carry the risk of a life-threatening illness.

No illnesses have yet been associated with the expanded health advisory.

Markets and dates when the products were sold included:

Bengal Meat Limited in Surrey, ground beef and curry beef sold Sept. 4-13.

Yaas Bazaar Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Food in North Vancouver, ground beef and lean ground lamb packed Sept. 3-7.

Shaista’s Halal in Surrey, extra lean ground beef sold Sept. 3-13.

Al-Safa Halal Meat in Burnaby, lean ground beef packed Sept. 3-5.

Madina Halal Meat in Burnaby, beef trims and beef stew sold Sept. 3-5.

Country Meadow Meats, Pitt Meadows, frozen lean ground beef and ground beef patties sold Sept. 3-11.

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