Likely source of E.coli outbreak found

by Editor
Monday, November 05, 2007

The major E.coli outbreak in the U.S. has been traced to beef trim imported from Canada.

A joint investigation between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has identified the likely source to be beef trim from Canadian firm Ranchers Beef Ltd.

Although the company ceased operations 15 August, some product remained in storage and was collected and tested by CFIA as part of the joint investigation into illnesses from E.coli in the U.S. and Canada.

The U.S. incident resulted in the recall of around 10,000 tonnes of ground beef products by the Topps Meat Company, the largest manufacturer of frozen hamburgers, and the subsequent closure of the company.

As a result of this investigation, FSIS has de-listed Ranchers Beef Ltd from 20 October. None of its product will be able to enter the U.S. from that date.