Two new cases of E. coli reported
Published Tuesday, October 2, 2012 7:41AM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 2, 2012 6:34PM MDT
The Alberta Health Services has confirmed two new cases of E. coli in the province, with one being connected to the XL Foods recall.
One of the cases is in Edmonton while the other is in northern Alberta.
The case in northern Alberta has been linked to the recall through the steaks that were recalled at the same Costco store where four other people were made sick last month.
The origin of the Edmonton case has not yet been identified.
Inspectors with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Tuesday that there is no link between five cases of E. coli and the recall of beef from XL Foods.
The agency says they took a test of the patient and tested the contaminated meat.
Then, after they compared the genes of the bacteria on the two samples, they found no match.
Four E. coli cases in Edmonton that were contracted from contaminated steaks purchased at a Costco store have been linked to XL Foods.
The news comes just after the CFIA has added more items to a list of products that may have been contaminated by E. coli.
The new items include steak and sausage that may be sold at smaller retailers and butcher shops.
The XL Foods plants in Brooks, identified as Ground Zero in the recall, has been closed since last Thursday for not complying with federal inspection standards.
Dr. Richard Arsenault with the CFIA says the plant will remain closed until they are assured that standards are in place. “That’s going to take a couple more days for sure.”