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The third week in September, the United States Department of Agriculture, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and XL Foods, Inc., announced the recall of 890,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be adulterated with E. coli O157:H7. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency found "a number of issues" when it inspected the plants. Yesterday, Canadian officials announced that its meat-packaging license had been suspended.

E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrhea illness, often with bloody stools. There are cases of this illness that have become fatal. So seek immediate medical attention.

Information for consumers and the current retail distribution list are posted on The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website. In Minnesota:

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735

If you suffer from food poisoning, you need to get immediate medical care. If it continues or there are long term affects, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of samples, checking for health alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.

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