Cargill Beef Recalled in Canada on E. Coli Concerns

Cargill Inc. is recalling ground-beef products sold in western Canada because of possible contamination with E. coli O157 bacteria. There have been no reported illnesses and a food-safety investigation is under way.

“Cargill is cooperating with government entities investigating this situation,” Mike Martin, a spokesman for the Minneapolis-based company, said in an e-mail today.

The beef was sold under the Your Fresh Market brand at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a statement on its website yesterday.

The recall covers 31,000 pounds of beef packaged at Cargill’s Calgary Case Ready facility on Nov. 19, Martin said. None entered the U.S. Test results triggered the decision, the Canadian agency said.

“We are relieved that there have been no reported illnesses and we want to make certain any beef not yet consumed from the product in question is returned to Wal-Mart,” Martin said.

On Aug. 3, 2011, Cargill, one of the largest beef processors in North America, recalled 36 million pounds (16 million kilograms) of ground turkey made in its Springdale, Arkansas plant. The company has invested more than $1 billion over the past 15 years on food safety in its North American meat businesses, Martin said.

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