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B.C. Probes Possible E. Coli Case Linked To Beef Recall

10/06/2012 05:22 EDT | Updated 12/06/2012 05:12 EST
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A hamburger made from ground beef containing what is derisively referred to as "pink slime," or what the meat industry calls "lean, finely textured beef," right, and one made from pure 85% lean ground beef are ready for tasting Thursday, March 15, 2012 in Concord, N.H. Under a change announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, districts that get food through the government's school lunch program will be allowed to say no to ground beef containing the ammonia-treated filler and choose filler-free meat instead. The low-cost filler is made from fatty meat scraps that are heated to remove most of the fat, then treated with ammonium hydroxide gas to kill bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is investigating a possible case of E. coli sickness that could be linked to contaminated beef from the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alta.

Carol Swan with the B.C. CDC says a patient was treated by the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

"We are waiting to see if we have a confirmed case of the E. coli related to the beef recall and at this point we do not have a confirmed case," Swan said.

Swan couldn't say how sick the patient is, but says results likely won't come back until Sunday.

Five people in Alberta fell ill last month from E. coli linked to steaks processed at the XL plant in Brooks, Alta. Officials say one case in Newfoundland has also been linked to the recalled meat.

Dozens of meat cuts and stores have been added to the list of recalled meat, which now contains hundreds of products sold at stores across Canada and the United States.

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