Hillview Meat Processor is recalling raw pork and pork organ products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Consumers should not consume and food service establishments, retailers, distributors and manufacturers in Alberta, should not serve, use, or sell these products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The affected raw pork and pork organ products, supplied by Hillview Meat Processor, may have been transformed into raw muscle meat cuts, ground pork, sausages, and raw ready-to-eat products. The products, which may have been sold fresh or frozen, have only been distributed in Alberta.
The affected products are known to have been sold or distributed by the companies listed below up to and including February 16, 2016. These products may have been sold pre-packaged or clerk-served, with or without a label. Consumers who are unsure if they have the affected products are advised to check with their retailer.
This recall was triggered by findings of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry during the investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak in Alberta. The CFIA is continuing the food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.
Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.