EDMONTON - A new case of E. coli has been linked to the XL Foods Inc. plant in Alberta at the centre of a massive beef recall.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says the latest case is in Quebec, bringing the total number of confirmed cases across the country to 17.
The agency says the person became ill last month and has since recovered.
The announcement comes a week after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency gave the plant the green light to resume operating after being closed since Sept. 27.
Workers began slaughtering cattle Monday at the plant in Brooks, but there is no word yet on when the beef can be sold to retailers or consumers.
Management of the plant has been taken over by JBS USA, an American subsidiary of a Brazilian company.
Hey, the time is good now as any. Drop by at a store that sells local and/or organic meat. Many major retail chains now supply local produce. Or stop by a farmers market. Heck, if you live in Alberta, you could walk (drive) over to the farm and really get to know where your food is coming from.
Beef From Other Plants
There are other major beef producers that thankfully have been spared from the major recalls. Purchase meat from Cargill producers in Alberta perhaps?
Maybe you could treat yourself to some bison if you're missing your medium-rare steak during the recall. Who knows, you may just come back for more!
Dare we say it... producers from around the country (and world) have safe beef for consumption. Maybe its time to look for temporary alternatives to get your steak from. Alberta beef will be back on the market soon anyway.
Beefalo burgers anyone? This could be an opportunity to give these hybrid animals a taste if you've been contemplating trying beefalo for sometime.
Other Meats Like Chicken
You love your beef and it loves you right back, but maybe you can take this opportunity to try out different foods. Now we don't mean tofu, but some butter chicken may be a refreshing addition to your plate.
Fresh halibut? Yes, please.
Cook all ground beef and hamburger thoroughly. Also remember to check to make sure the meat isn't pink inside, since ground beef can turn brown on the outside before disease-causing bacteria are killed. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the thickest part of the meat are cooked to at least 160 degrees F. Source: http://pediatrics.about.com
<span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span>If a restaurant serves undercooked meat send it back to be cooked thoroughly. About.com recommends asking for a new bun and clean plate too. Source: http://pediatrics.about.com
Ensure your kitchen is kept clean to prevent spread of bacteria. Always keep raw meat separate from ready-to-eat food and wash hands, counters, thermometers, and utensils frequently. Also NEVER place cooked meat back on a plate that you kept the raw meat on. Source: http://pediatrics.about.com
Drink only pasteurized milk, juice, or cider. Source: http://pediatrics.about.com
Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Source: http://pediatrics.about.com
Drink water that has been treated with chlorine or other effective disinfectants. Source: http://pediatrics.about.com
Avoid swallowing lake or pool water when swimming. Source: http://pediatrics.about.com
People suffering from diarrhea, especially children, should use extreme caution. Wash hands with soap (and after changing diapers) and avoid swimming in public places, sharing baths or preparing food for others. Source: http://pediatrics.about.com