Since September 26, 2012, the Agency has been leading a committee that includes public health and food safety experts from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and Provincial and Territorial Health Authorities. The committee meets regularly to share and review the latest information and determine what actions should be taken to protect Canadians.

Based on all the information collected to date—epidemiological, microbiological and food safety—the following cases of illness are linked to products from XL Foods Inc. or illnesses associated with the XL Foods Inc. food safety investigation.  At this time, there are no other cases linked to the specific strain of E. coli O157 observed in the XL Foods Inc. food safety investigation.

Province / Territory Total confirmed cases

Alberta/ 7

Newfoundland and Labrador/ 1

Quebec/ 4

British Columbia/ 3*

Total 15

* One case is a visitor to Canada.

U.S. authorities have not released any information if there are ill persons in the U.S. despite receiving some 2,500,000 pounds of potentially tainted meat.