April 28, 2018
EDMONTON – As part of an Alberta Health Services (AHS) investigation into an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in the Edmonton Zone, certain additional pork products sold by Rimbey Foods Ltd (5053 50 Ave, Rimbey) and Fuge Fine Meat are being recalled due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.
These products were made using meat that had been distributed by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven, which was the subject of a Food Recall Warning issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on April 24.
This Food Recall Warning has now been updated to include:
This recall was initiated by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven, in light of the E. coli O157:H7 foodborne outbreak investigation led by AHS and supported by the CFIA.
The affected pork products supplied by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven may have been transformed into raw muscle meat cuts, ground pork, sausages, and raw ready-to-eat products. The products, which have been sold fresh or frozen, have only been distributed in Alberta.
The AHS investigation has determined that certain raw and ready-to-eat pork products sold and distributed by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven has a common link between lab-confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7. Consumption of these products is associated with increased risk of illness.
There have been 37 lab-confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7, including 11 patients who have needed hospital care, and one individual who has died likely due to infection with E. coli.
AHS and its provincial and federal partners have worked closely with the owners and operators of the companies involved in this recall, during this ongoing investigation. We are grateful for their ongoing cooperation.
Both AHS and the CFIA are encouraging consumers to check if they have recalled products in their home. Businesses should also verify whether they have any recalled products.
Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased. Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.
The predominant symptom associated with E. coli O157:H7 is diarrhea, which may be bloody. In more severe forms of the disease, hemolytic uremic syndrome (a form of kidney failure) can develop. Anyone who has symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 should contact Health Link.
Symptoms usually start one to 10 days after eating food contaminated with E. coli bacteria. If you are concerned or start to develop symptoms, please visit your family doctor or a healthcare clinic as soon as possible. It is important that you mention your possible exposure to E. coli O157:H7.
Children, the elderly and the immunocompromised are at greater risk of complications from this strain of E. coli. The majority of individuals who get sick from E. coli O157:H7 will improve on their own within 10 days, but a small proportion may develop complications.
As always, people are reminded to stay home when sick, refrain from preparing foods while sick with diarrhea, and always wash hands well with soap and warm water before preparing foods or drinks or before eating or drinking.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact Health Link to speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by dialing 811.
E. coli infections are generally caused when a person eats food or drinks water that is contaminated with human or animal feces, or through direct contact with a person who is sick or with animals that carry the bacteria.
People should always follow these proper hygiene and safe food handling and preparation practices, to reduce their risk of E. coli and other food-borne infections:
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
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