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Canada Beef Recall Includes More Than 135 Products

More than 135 products are part of the recall in Canada of frozen ground beef processed by the Saskatchewan-based New Food Classics, a plant that has filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations.

The beef may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and has been linked to one illness, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The first recall notice was issued February 18 and news reports in Canada say the company locked out its workers three days later.

The brand names included in the recall include Best Value, PC, PC Blue Menu, Calgary Stampede, Country Morning, Country Morning Gold, Exclusive Selections, Grillhouse, Heritage Angus Beef, Irresistibles, Keg, Licks, Maple Lodge Farms, Simply Food, Webers, Western Family and others.

The CFIA provided details of the brand names and codes in a list published Tuesday. The affected products listed can be identified by the Establishment 761 number that appears on the packages, cartons or cases.

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  • Ajoy Daspurkayastha

    YOU CAN NOT RUN A HOSPITAL WITHOUT A DOCTOR SO ALSO YOU CAN NOT RUN A FOOD COMPANY PROFESSIONALLY WITHOUT A FOOD-DOCTOR(QUALIFIED PEOPLE WITH FOOD SCIENCE/FOOD TECHNOLOGY/FOOD SAFETY KNOWLEDGE AT COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY LEVEL)
    The cop when stop a speeding vehicle first ask his/her driving licence. The food safety cop when inspect/audit an erring food processing establishment never ask if he/she/they is/are qualified enough to become the food safety driver of that erring food processing establishment since nowhere in the Food Safety Enhancement Program(FSEP) or, in the Compliance Verification System(CVS) or, the the Food and Drugs Act of Canada or, in the Meat Inspection Act (in case of Canadian jurisdiction)it is clearly mentioned what should be minimum qualifications required to become the food safety drivers (HACCP Co-ordinator, HACCP Monitor, Food Safety Officer, Safety Quality Food Technician etc.)of a Food/Meat Processing Establishment.
    You cannot run a hospital without a Doctor. Similarly, you can never run a food processing establishment professionally without a food-doctor or a food safety driver having food science/food technology/food safety with college/university diploma/degree competence.
    According to me, majorly , food science / meat science illiterates are running the show of food safety in our food/meat processing factories under bizarre food safety culture fine-tuned by the owners of the food/meat processing factories who employ food science/food technology/food safety illiterates without any formal education in the aforesaid field of study merely because they are widely available @ $ 12 per hour basis (you will observe many such in the Canadian job bank advertisement)and thus vilify the very foundation of the morality of the food safety culture of the food/meat processing factories which is highly antagonistic and dangerous from the public health and safety viewpoint of great importance. Food/Meat industry owners never understand the simple fact to run their factories professionally they need competent people who are not available at that cheap price of @$12 per hour. It becomes totally “A penny wise pound foolish policy hastily and allegedly being implemented by majority of the food/meat processing factories especially when the situation of recall becomes very imminant to protect the public health and safety and mostly the erring food/meat establishment in question goes into bankruptcy.(One typical such most recent example : QUOTE , Toronto Star 17th March, 2012 “ E. coli beef recall from bankrupt company expands to include seven months’ worth of products”at Web-ref:http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1148088–e-coli-beef-recall-from-bankrupt-company-expands-to-include-seven-months-worth-of-products)