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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency does not know how beef products processed in Edmonton may have been contaminated with E. coli.
The voluntary recall of beef products processed by XL Foods expanded right across the country Tuesday to include Loblaws, Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, Metro and Entrepot de Viandes.
Garfield Balson, CFIA recall co-ordinator, said the investigation into the source and products that are affected are ongoing.
“I can’t get into any details, unfortunately,” he said.
He said the job is to identify areas of distribution to protect consumers.
“This is obviously a large recall and as we continue to identify products in the marketplace, we continue to update the table so we can give consumers accurate, up to date information on all the products,” he said.
They do not wait to get all the information, but provide it as it comes into the CFIA.
Because the recall is voluntary, the company provides information.
There have been three national E. coli-related recalls since August.
Symptoms of E. coli poisoning show up three to four days after eating and include mild dehydrations, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.