The Canadian Food Inspection Agency posted a recall for mechanically tenderized steaks at the request of Vantage Foods Inc. on Tuesday. The reason for this recall is a potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination of the meat products.
Vantage Foods Inc. distributed the products to various Food Basics supermarket locations across Ontario. The CFIA is currently conducting a food safety investigation and is verifying that Vantage Foods is recalling all contaminated products.
“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 of illness, people may die,” according to the report.
So far, no injuries or illnesses have been reported regarding this recall, but consumers are advised to discard this meat immediately. All recalled steaks have a best before date of “2017 CC 17” and have the establishment number “734” printed inside the Canadian mark of inspection.
Consumers are advised to look out for these recalled products with the following label information:
Anyone who has consumed the recalled steaks and are experiencing symptoms of E. coli infection are advised to seek medical attention immediately and to tell their doctors about potential exposure to the pathogen. Consumers can contact the CFIA for more information by filling out an online feedback form.