26/04/18: Deadly E. coli outbreak traced to meat shop

E.-coli1 (1)Alberta Health Services says an E. coli outbreak has been traced to a meat shop south of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

One person has died and 11 others were sent to a hospital in the outbreak that so far has sickened 36 people.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a Class I recall Tuesday for certain pork products sold between Feb. 19 and April 24, citing E. coli O157: H7 as the cause of the illnesses stemming from pork products sold at The Meat Shop at Pine Haven in Westaskiwin County.

Pine Haven manager Tim Hofer told the Edmonton Journal he was informed April 18 of a potential connection to the E. coli outbreak. He said the company’s Alberta Hutterite colony shop has been shut down, and all surfaces have been deep cleaned.

“This is our businesses, it’s our livelihood, the food safety of our products to consumers is the highest priority,” he said. “It’s a very difficult time for us but we are doing the best we absolutely can to identify the problem and once we have found it to mitigate the risks.”

Hofer told the Journal that the business supplies meat products to dozens of customers in the area, including Mama Nita’s Binalot Filipino restaurant, where the current was identified among the restaurant’s patrons.

Both AHS and the CFIA are encouraging consumers to check if they have the recalled products in their home. Businesses should also verify whether they have any recalled products.

AHS advises that recalled pork should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased. Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled but can still make a person sick.

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