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Published On: Fri, Sep 28th, 2012

CFIA issues health hazard alert for Kirkland brand beef steaks sold at Edmonton Costco due to E.coli risk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Kirkland brand beef steaks  because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

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According to the alert, all beef steaks including the Strip Loin Grilling Steak prepared and sold in variable weight packages from Costco Wholesale store #156, located at 13650, 50th street, Edmonton, Alberta are affected by this alert. These steaks were sold during the period September 4 through 7, 2012 and bear one of the following Packed On dates:

  • 12 / SE / 04
  • 12 / SE / 05
  • 12 / SE / 06
  • 12 / SE / 07
The alert was issued after several confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of the Kirkland brand Strip Loin Grilling Steaks purchased from the Costco Wholesale store #156 in Edmonton, Alberta.

According to an Edmonton Journal report, a meat tenderizing machine that pierces steak with needles  was used at a northeast Edmonton Costco to tenderize strip loin steaks that later made four people sick, Dr. Gerry Predy, senior medical officer of health for Alberta Health Services, said Wednesday.

Upon this discovery, Alberta health officials told Costco stores across the province to stop using a meat tenderizing machine.

Why did health officials tell Costco to stop using the machine? How does it increase the risk?

The report goes on to say, the meat tenderizing process used on the steaks increases the risk of E. coli poisoning since the needles can push the bacteria inside the steak, where it is insulated from the heat, said Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. James Talbot.

“If the organism is on the surface, that’s where the heat is the most intense and so the organism dies. If it’s protected by the meat around it, particularly if the meat isn’t fully cooked, then it’s a problem,” he said. “That’s why this process is something that needs to be looked at pretty stringently.”

Costco has stopped using the tenderizing machine.

Dr. Predy said if Costco resumes the practice, he suggested that the packaging include a label telling consumers the steak must be properly cooked.

 

 

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