USDA Says Defunct Canadian Meatpacker Was Source Of Recent E.coli Beef Contaminations

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service has used “DNA fingerprints” to trace the source of recent U.S. outbreaks of contaminated beef back to one shoddy supplier in Alberta, Canada. The company most likely responsible is Rancher’s Beef, Ltd, which went out of business on August 15th, but not before helping sink Topps and contributing to nearly 100 illnesses in the U.S. and Canada.

Canada seems have reached a similar conclusion, although, being Canadian, they announced it in a more polite and understated way. (Those stupid Canadians!)

Some 45 cases of illness caused by E. coli were reported in five Canadian provinces from July to September, including one death, said the CFIA in a statement. It said genetic testing found “the same unique E. coli pattern” in beef from an unnamed meat facility in Alberta that is “currently not operating.”

“Canadian beef likely cause of U.S. E. coli cases: USDA”


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  1. azntg says:

    Robin Williams’ rendition of “Blame Canada” comes to my mind!

  2. DarthSensei says:

    They ought to round up the management of that company and force them to eat a good portion of the contaminating meat.

  3. Grimspoon says:

    Sounds like spin to me. Not the first time America tried to pass the blame of tainted meat onto Canada.

    American meat standards can’t touch Canadian meat standards, that’s why even though I live in a border city and could very conviently eat in the US regularly – choose not to. The difference in meat standards is like Night and Day.

    Blame Canada all you want, but you couldn’t pay me to eat any meat product comming from the United States!