Pork products at 2 Calgary retailers now part of Alberta E. coli recall

Two Calgary retailers where raw pork products may have been sold are now part of a growing recall in Alberta because of E. coli concerns.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says raw pork products from Trimming Fresh Meats Ltd., sold between July 15 and July 22, should be thrown out or returned to the store.

The same goes for those bought at Hiep Hoa Asian between July 15 and July 29 and between Aug. 14 and Aug. 17.

The agency warns food contaminated with this form of E. coli may not look or smelled spoiled, but could cause health problems.

The warning comes after another last week that saw V  T Meat Wholesale in Calgary and Hiep Thanh Trading in Edmonton recall certain raw pork products because of possible E. coli contamination. 

The two companies — one a grocery store and the other a meat processor that distributes to restaurants — have been shut down.

Pork products from Vinh Fat Food Products — including frozen pork spring rolls, pork buns and pork wontons — have also been recalled.

The recall was triggered by the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak investigation led by Alberta Health Services.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said on Friday that 100 people in the province have gotten ill from E. coli linked to raw pork products, including 19 people who have been hospitalized.

Officials say most people affected by this E. coli strain get diarrhea and are knocked off their feet but others can suffer more serious problems, such as kidney problems or kidney failure.

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