The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced the recall of two varieties of Viandes Lauzon beef products because of possible E. coli contamination. The products are Viandes Lauzon Lean Ground Beef and Viandes Lauzon Extra Lean Ground Beef. The Canadian food-safety regulator said that the recall was made by the products’ Quebec-based distributor, Groupe Colabor. The beef products have been sold to hotels, restaurants, institutions and daycare facilities in Quebec, the agency announced on Monday. The CFIA warns against using, serving or distributing the recalled products. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the beef. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the distributor.
Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps, and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases, the illness can be fatal.