CHILLIWACK, B.C. — British Columbians are being warned to steer clear of a batch of raw beef from a Fraser Valley butcher shop.
The Fraser Health authority says raw lean and extra-lean ground beef prepared and sold between March 5 and 8 at Fraser Valley Meats in Chillwack, B.C., may be contaminated with E. coli.
No illnesses have been reported, and the company has issued a voluntary recall.
Medical health officer Dr. Andrea Larder says the products were prepared using methods that meet food-safety standards.
The authority says ground beef should be thoroughly cooked to kill any potentially disease-causing bacteria.
E. coli can cause serious food poisoning, including bloody diarrhea and even kidney failure.
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