Beef recall spreads to Yukon

Yukon is included in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's recall of beef that may contain E. coli. Whitehorse's Extra Foods and Real Canadian Superstore were added to the list of affected vendors on Oct. 1.

Yukon is included in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s recall of beef that may contain E. coli.

Whitehorse’s Extra Foods and Real Canadian Superstore were added to the list of affected vendors on Oct. 1. Co-op stores have also been added. Grocery stores in Dawson City and Watson Lake may be affected.

The Dawson City General Store learned about the update on Tuesday, said owner June Mather. The store had received updates about the recall all along, she said. None of the affected products were on their shelves, she said.

The recall applies to beef products associated with XL Foods with best-before dates between Sept. 6 and Oct. 2.

Real Canadian Superstore in Whitehorse had received some of the possibly affected products, said store manager Roger Brown. But the store pulled products off the shelves when the recall was originally issued in mid-September.

Anyone who purchased meat that may be affected can return the products for a full refund, he said.

That’s what Whitehorse resident Cam Kos plans to do. On Oct. 2, he went online to see if a package of lean ground beef he had matched the lot numbers of affected products. It did, but he did not see Yukon in the list of affected areas.

Kos spoke with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency office in Edmonton. He was told the Calgary plant had not informed them beef had been shipped to the Yukon, he said.

The CFIA office in Burnaby, B.C. serves the Yukon. No one there was available for comment.

So far, there are no reported incidents of people in Yukon becoming sick after eating beef, said Pat Living with Health and Social Services.

A full list of recalled items can be found at www.inspection.gc.ca. Real Canadian Superstore customers can also contact Loblaw for more information at 1-800-296-2332.

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