The number of people confirmed to have an E. coli infection connected to contaminated pork has risen to 37 while the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has expanded a recall of products to include another brand of meat and two shops.
The federal agency says pork from The Meat Shop at Pine Haven near Wetaskiwin is the source of the outbreak that has made people ill in the Edmonton area. E. coli is the likely cause of the death of one of those people and is responsible for 11 hospitalizations, Alberta Health Services has said.
The new total of 37 cases is an increase of one from an update earlier in the week. AHS has said further infections are possible among people who ate tainted products before the recall was issued, or among those who are not yet aware of the recall.
The CFIA is telling people to check their kitchens and business for products included in the following five recalls:
• 17 products sold by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven
• Pine Haven products sold by Edmonton’s Acme Meat Market at 9570 76 Ave NW and H&A Food Sales and Services in Alhambra, Alta.
• 37 products from Irvings Farm Fresh, which has a booth at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market
• 39 products from Real Deal Meats at 2435 Ellwood Dr. SW, Edmonton
• 11 products from K&K Foodliner at 9944 82 Ave., Edmonton
As well, Fuge Fine Meat Inc. at 10757 95 St. issued a news release Friday to notify customers that some of its products were made with meat processed at Pine Haven. The company said the items in question are pork sausage products, including bratwurst and kielbasa, with expiration dates ranging from May 3-26.
The company said anyone who believes they may have purchased such items at the University of Alberta farmers market on March 22, March 29 or April 5 should contact Fuge directly via email at email@example.com.
In addition to sausages, pork sold by The Meat Shop may have been transformed into meat cuts, ground pork, and other raw and ready-to-eat products, the CFIA said. The products have been distributed only in Alberta.
Eating recalled products could lead to illness, even if they look or smell fine, the agency said. Consumers should throw out any products covered by the recalls, or return them to the store.
The first sign of the outbreak came last month when five people who had eaten at Mama Nita’s Binalot restaurant became ill. As the number of cases grew, Alberta Health Services looked further afield for the source.
The main symptom of E. coli poisoning is diarrhea, which may be bloody. Sometimes, the infection can lead to kidney failure. The young, elderly, and immune compromised are particularly vulnerable to complications. Symptoms can show up from one to 10 days after eating contaminated food. AHS said anyone who falls ill and may have eaten the affected products should see a doctor and mention possible exposure to E. coli.