Beef Recalled Due to E.Coli – EXPANDED AGAIN 22 Sept

Announcements, Other / Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued an alert for ground beef sold in major retailers across Canada.

  • Walmart branded ground beef in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
  • Kirkland branded ground beef and products (Costco brand) sold nationally.
  • Safeway branded products from ground beef to burger patties where sold across the country.

For a full list with item codes, pictures and expiry dates, visit their website.

Thanks for posting this important recall on the forums KrazE.

Bumping this as they have added stores to the list

Loblaws, Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, Metro, SuperC : See here for more details

For those who shop in the US, it has also been expanded to there:

Brands in the U.S. affected by the recall include Morasch Meats, Calahoo, Kirkland Signature, and Cattleman’s. The USDA’s FSIS site has not posted recall information on their site, but Kroger has released a recall of KRO Ground Beef 73% 3#, 3 lb. The beef was sold at Kroger stores in the greater Cincinnati area, northern Kentucky, Dayton Ohio, southeastern Indiana, Indiana (except for Evansville), Illinois, and eastern Missouri. It was also sold at Jay C, Food4Less and FoodsCo.

Expanded again to include private retailers and other grocery stores

Use this link for most up to date information

50 responses to “Beef Recalled Due to E.Coli – EXPANDED AGAIN 22 Sept”

  1. saver says:


  2. ninna says:

    Thank you SO much for posting this to the blog.

    Honestly, I’m not a news watcher…but I ALWAYS come to SC on a daily basis so this news item was extremely helpful. My MIL practically LIVES at Costco so this will help all of us from getting sick.

    Thanks! 🙂

  3. FallenPixels says:

    Yes, definitely one to share since so many of us likely buy ground at these stores

  4. anonymous says:

    Thank you:)
    My problems is that I freeze the meat is smaller packages. Any suggestions on how to deal with this?

  5. X says:

    Holy crap, I just bought some on Saturday, and mine is ‘infected’! Thank you so much for posting this, you just saved at least SIX people from getting sick!

  6. anonymous says:

    Costco can pull up your history and see when you bought your meat to see if it is in their recall, I called and they don’t mind if the meat is frozen in little baggies! I do that too!

  7. Di says:

    So if we have contaminated meat – I got mine from costco– but I split it up in small packages – what do I do now?

  8. Ciel says:

    Thanks for sharing the news. I sent the blog link and Inspection weblink to family member to check the frozen burgers variety as it came from Costco but am not certain if it is on the list.

  9. Benji says:

    I called, and the Merivale and Innes stores in Ottawa are not affected.

  10. Dm says:

    Thanks went in to the coop in SK and they did have it posted at the meat dept so it is bigger then just the stores listed above . The last time they did not list the notice and I did have burgers that I had to RT I reported them so I see it must have help not every one reads the posts before we go out .

  11. FallenPixels says:

    I imagine Costco etc will be able to recoup the costs from the source of the outbreak so will likely refund even if broken up into baggies. Its not like they are reselling it and especially with costco, they can check your history.

    If they don’t, I would send an email to the CFIA so they can make sure those stores are taking back the infected ones with labelling and just chuck it, ecoli is not something to mess around with

  12. FallenPixels says:

    Yes, many stores buy other brand’s foods for re-labelling, it usually takes the CFIA a while to get a full list of the rebrands

  13. dealsniffer says:

    we buy ground beef and cook it right away and split into smaller portions. I have absolutely no idea when we bought it. it was the one day deal at Safeway awhile back and not sure if that is part of it? we have eaten a fair bit of it and we are still fine so should we be worried about finding out if it is part of the recall? thanks for posting on here though!

    • FallenPixels says:

      If you have eaten from that batch without issue, I guess it would be. I usually stick the label in one of the bags and put the date and 1/3, 2/3 and 3/3 etc on the bags so I know which batches I have – more for knowing which to use first and whether its lean or extra lean than for recalls, but comes in handy

  14. mojo says:

    I just returned by meat today. I had it in freezer bags. There was no problem at all. They also said Costco was calling people who had purchased it.

  15. star says:

    Thank you very much for posting this! The more that the news can be spread the better. I also had a package of ground beef in my fridge that was bought a few days ago from Safeway, that is included in the recall. I’m just very glad we hadn’t eaten it already.

  16. Elly says:

    I bought the meat on Thursday the 13 th took it up north and made burgers with it, witch we ate Saturday. I still have burgers left that had been cooked, so froze them. Can I still get a refund, as I left the meat their. I have the Costco receipt still ..?We have not had any problems yet. Elly

  17. darryl p fix says:

    eat @ my sister home thus she buy kelowna cosco
    both been sick but doctor cant find with blood test yet go hos
    asap get more tests
    doctor blamed heart & diabetic pills etc.
    darryl fix
    live in penticton
    shop safeway
    drank coke too keep me awake.
    end thanks

  18. Elly says:

    If you ate it do you still get a refund? do you need proof of purchase?

  19. kerry says:

    Safeway and Costco have had this happen a number of times over the years.I like IGA for meat.

  20. Debbie says:

    We bought some of the recalled meat from Costco in NB and made a huge batch of spaghetti sauce with it. I called Costco and they said they would refund the cost of the ground beef, I just had to tell them it was already used in spaghetti sauce. The lady told me that the ground beef itself did not test positive of e.coli and it’s a voluntary re-call. She said she would just throw it away to be safe. We also already ate some of it, so we are waiting to see if we get sick before throwing all that spaghetti sauce away.

  21. Hilton Janfield says:

    Don’t freak out if you’ve already eaten some. E Coli is destroyed by cooking thoroughly, like one would for spaghetti sauce or most meals. Only thing people tend to under-cook is hamburger patties.

  22. Eddie says:

    To everyone who bought from Costco, you can return your ground beef for a full refund even if you have used part of it or threw it out already

  23. Karen says:

    Also bought meat on the 14th. Was called to be warned, but meat is in spaghetti sauce as well. Had supper with it on Saturday, and as yet no problems. I don’t think this is very funny, a 17 month old child ate that sauce ! I am pretty worried, don’t know what I will do with the rest of the sauce. Is E-Coli dangerous, even after meat had cooked over 3 hours in the oven, and boiled to be canned?

  24. Sue says:

    Thought ecoli was an issue only if meat not cooked properly. Off to google now!

  25. Sue says:

    Love Google. Cook the ground beef to at least 160 F. The organism is destroyed by thorough cooking or pasteurization. Hence, all those notes in restaurants about how they will not serve you a hamburger that is pink, even if you request it.

    • FallenPixels says:

      It is generally thought that 27-33% of home cooked food is not cooked to correct temps to kill bacteria, so ecoli is always an issue

  26. nicolthepickle says:

    I bought some of the recalled meat at Sobeys, what do I do? Bring it back with the receipt?

  27. FallenPixels says:


  28. saver says:

    I bought 2 club packs from Sobeys ON last week and cant find my receipt. worse yet we ate some of it and one of my kids complained about a stomach early this week.

  29. Dm says:

    This is why I keep my receipt for at least 3 months all stores food and none food .

  30. mandy says:

    my family ate 3 packages of this meat from thursday night, sunday night and monday night. i am hoping and praying all is ok since i cooked it well; my baby 11 months had some. what the hell is with this – there should be BETTER prodecures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. annie says:

    Make this message a sticky at the top of the page. So many people at risk. Absolutely disgraceful that this keeps on happening!

  32. trombonebabe says:

    I had put mine into smaller packages in the freezer, and Costco accepted them, no problem. The cashier told me that they found contamination in the factory, but there was no evidence that there was actual contamination in the meat, which is why the recall was voluntary.

    • FallenPixels says:

      Most recalls are voluntary, but since the CFIA tell you its in your best interests, it isn’t really voluntary lol

  33. FallenPixels says:

    I bumped it 🙂

  34. Elizabeth says:

    Maybe now is a good time for people to start thinking of moving away from a meat based diet.

    • FallenPixels says:

      There are also CFIA recalls on mangoes and mushrooms this week, not as widespread but you wouldnt eat anything if you stopped eating it because of a recall

  35. Insane says:

    Crap. I buy my beef from Extra Foods and divide itup into smallerportions and freeze it. Now I have no way of knowing so I’ll have to throw out $50 worth of beef and the meals I cooked and froze with it! Arg. So awful.

  36. Maddie2008 says:

    So if the best before date is after, then its okay right?? Cause the numbers on my packages are 211671

  37. Ron says:

    We ate some of the affected burger yesterday, anything we should do about it, or just wait to see if anyone gets sick

  38. FallenPixels says:

    If the dates/numbers don’t match, they should be fine (I might wait a few days to see if its expanded again).

  39. star says:

    I just want to say that everyone should go to the link for the Inspection Agency website and check the product numbers and dates for themselves to be sure. I took ground beef back to Safeway today that was on the list, and was told that it was okay (even though it clearly is on the Inspection Agency’s list) So everyone should just be aware of the specifics themselves to be safe. I got a refund despite what they said, knowing I had read it correctly online.

  40. slide says:

    appreciate the heads up on this. Just looked at the receipt from last week and we did buy meat that matched the numbers from the superstore. Called them and said they’d give me a refund.

    And made some spaghetti and spring rolls from some of them already – ugh.

  41. tudorchick says:

    i bought some at our no frills,threw the packages out yesterday witht eh garbage then realized i could probably get my money back but cant find the recipt,,so i am out that money but atleast not sick

  42. Jessie says:

    Thank you for the warning! I just cooked the beef last night and we were supposed to have it for dinner tonight. No clue if its part of the recall because I pitched the container already but better safe than sorry. At least it was free (bought with the Old El Paeso coupon at No Frills).

  43. anon says:

    @ elizabeth: I agree with you about that. I have been a veggie for many years so I don’t really worry about eating “safe’ meat issues. But I do admit, I am reluctant about eating a salad after hearing about the e.coli found in the spinach a number of years ago. From then on, I only eat cooked veggies!!
    No raw stuff for me!!

  44. chris says:

    For the person suggesting people move to a non-meat diet to avoid this situation: e-coli in fruit and vegetables is WAY more dangerous than in meat. As has been noted, if meat is thoroughly cooked to the proper temperature, e-coli is not a problem as the bacteria will be killed at the high temperatures. E-coli in fruit and vegetables that are not cooked, however, is a much bigger threat as simply washing the fruit/vegetables won’t do a thing. The only other ways of killing e-coli bacteria are through pasteurization or irradiation.


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