Two more E. coli cases in B.C. linked to XL Foods beef recall

The Canadian Press October 12, 2012 5:22 PM

Two new cases of E. coli connected to the massive beef recall at the XL Foods plant in Alberta have been confirmed in British Columbia.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says the same strain of the bacteria was found by lab tests, bringing to three the number of people who’ve been sickened in B.C.

Health officials say the new cases were both in adults and all three people who were ill have either recovered or are recovering.

One of those sickened was visiting Canada from outside the country and ate beef in both Alberta and B.C.

The second person was diagnosed in the Fraser Health Authority in Metro Vancouver.

A man from Nanaimo was the first B.C. resident to come down with the same strain of E. coli identified in the XL Food Inc. food safety investigation that has prompted a massive beef recall across Canada.

The head of XL Foods Inc. apologized unequivocally Thursday to those who were sickened by eating tainted meat and vowed to “making sure this doesn’t happen again.”

He spoke just as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the company was able to resume limited operations at its Brooks, Alta. facility. The CFIA suspended the plant’s licence on Sept. 27.

More to come…

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