Here is some helpful information for you on the beef recall. You can see which products have been recalled by visiting the CFIA website.
The CFIA issues public advisories for food products where consumption of the food could cause serious health consequences.
E.coli 0157:H7 can be present in raw meat, poultry, unpasteurized milk and fruit juices, raw greens and vegetables, and even water. But there are important ways that you can safeguard your health through proper hygiene, effective food preparation and thorough cooking of ground meats. You can:
- Cook meat to a safe internal temperature. For ground beef it’s 71C/160F – use a digital instant read thermometer to know for sure. (I use one all the time – it’s easy!)
- Beef steaks and roasts can be enjoyed from Medium-rare to Well-done (145F/63 C to 170F/77C)
- Wash hands before and after handling food and frequently while cooking, especially after handling raw meat and poultry.
- Avoid cross contamination of food by washing utensils, plates and cutting boards that have come into contact with raw meat and poultry, in hot, soapy water.
- Wash all raw fruits and vegetables in cool drinkable water before you prepare and eat them.
- Refrigerate or freeze foods promptly.
Canadian meat processors have developed internationally recognized systems known as HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) plans to control E.coli O157:H7 and other foodborne bacteria. These plans work to identify potential food safety hazards and monitor the most important production steps (critical points) to control these hazards.
Hope this information helps!