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Canada Veal Liver Recall Tied to E. Coli Outbreak

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections in several provinces prompted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to issue a warning about veal liver, but the health authority’s recall announcement doesn’t say how many people are sick or where the illnesses have been reported.

The CFIA said White Veal Meat Packers Ltd. (Est. 412) is recalling its grain fed veal liver because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The recalled White Valley brand veal liver is sold in boxes weighing approximately 5 kg or approximately 25 kg:

In British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec the liver was sold in individual vacuum-packed or 5 individual poly-packed pieces per box. :  UPC code: 90059441201142, lot no.110601

In British Columbia the liver was sold in individual vacuum-packed or 5 individual poly-packed pieces per box: UPC code 90059441201142, lot no.110603

In Quebec the liver was sold in 5 individual poly-packed, 1 piece per box: UPC code 90059441101145, lot no. 110601. One store, Boucherie Al-Khair, in Montreal, sold the product as White Valley brand beef liver.

Retailers may have sliced and sold the veal liver prepackaged or through the store’s meat counter, CFIA said.

CFIA advised retailers to check the lot code on the packaging or contact their supplier to determine if they have the affected product. 

CFIA advised consumers who purchased grain fed veal liver in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec or beef liver at the one identified Quebec retail location, from June 1 through June 14 to contact the retailer. Consumers who still have the liver in their freezers are advised not to eat it.

“This is an ongoing food safety investigation,” the CFIA wrote in its warning announcement. “The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating a multi-provincial outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in collaboration with provincial health authorities as well as federal health partners including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada.”

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