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Oct 01 2012

A dozen Thrifty Foods locations on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland have been added to the list of stores that might have been selling contaminated beef products from an Alberta meat packing plant.

Thrifty Foods was not included the original scope of last week’s beef recall, but during the weekend the Canadian Food Inspection Agency expanded its list of possible E. coli contaminated products from XL Foods meat packing plant in Brooks, Alta.

In what is now the largest beef recall in the country’s history, the list of stores and products is so long that consumers are advised to ask whether the beef they’re buying came from XL Foods.

“The most important thing is that customers know about it, so they can be informed when they make their decision to buy products at our stores,” said Ralf Mundel, Thrifty Foods marketing and communications director.

Once the Canadian Food Inspection Agency added whole cuts rather than just ground beef to its recall list, officials at Thrifty Foods identified products they had purchased from the Alberta company.

All raw beef products have been removed from Thrifty Food shelves, where contaminated products were sent. The list of locations includes the store in Duncan and several in Greater Victoria, including the Tuscany Village, Hillside, Admirals Walk, Central Saanich and Quadra/Cloverdale locations.

Other communities with affected stores are: Saltspring Island, Tsawwassen, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford and North Vancouver.

E. coli was first detected at the Alberta plant on Sept. 4, but it wasn’t until three weeks later that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency temporarily suspended the plant’s operating licence. The ban now includes everything the company produced at its packing plant in Brooks on Aug. 24, from Aug. 27-29, and on Sept. 5.

The list includes products purchased as recently as Thursday and products with best-before dates ranging from mid-September to Oct. 2. Virtually all major retailers in Canada are affected, including Costco, Walmart, Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, Extra Foods, Shop Easy, Supervalu No Frills, Loblaws and the Real Canadian Wholesale Club.

The recall includes New York strip loin steaks, T-bones, rib-eyes, all cuts of Kirkland Signature beef and short ribs sold at meat counters in Costco stores across the country. It also includes round steak, rib roast, stir fry strips, sirloin medallions, beef cubes, minute steak, wing steak, ground veal, flank marinating steak, sandwich steak, prime rib, boneless rib steak, rotisserie roast, pot roast, blade steak and stew meat.

dspalding@timescolonist.com

— With a file from Postmedia News

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