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May 15, 2002

CANADA: CFIA warns of undeclared soy protein in Ottenbreit’s Meats beef burgers

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Grayson, Saskatchewan-based Ottenbreit's Meats are warning consumers with allergies to soy protein not to consume Ottenbreit's Meats brand beef burgers, as they contain soy protein that is not declared on the label. The following Ottenbreit's Meats brand products are affected by this alert:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Grayson, Saskatchewan-based Ottenbreit’s Meats are warning consumers with allergies to soy protein not to consume Ottenbreit’s Meats brand beef burgers, as they contain soy protein that is not declared on the label.

The following Ottenbreit’s Meats brand products are affected by this alert:

1. 10 Quarter Pounders sold in a 1.15kg carton
2. 20 Beef Burgers sold in a 5lb/2.27kg carton
3. 42 Beef Burgers sold in a 5kg carton

Only products purchased after 1 May 2002 are affected by this recall.

Ottenbreit’s Meats is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace, where they were distributed in Saskatchewan only.

Consumption of these products may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to soy protein, but there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Ottenbreit’s Meats Ltd., Neil Ottenbreit at 306-794-2113;
CFIA, in the province of Quebec 1-800-561-3350; or
CFIA, in other provinces and territories 1-800-442-2342.

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