Alberta says 100 people have gotten ill from E. coli linked to raw pork products

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says 100 people have gotten ill from E. coli linked to a raw pork products, including 19 people who have been hospitalized.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says 100 people have gotten ill from E. coli linked to a raw pork products, including 19 people who have been hospitalized.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has ordered a recall of pork products from V and T Meat and Food in Calgary and Hiep Thanh Trading in Edmonton over concerns they may contain E. coli 0157:H7.

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

Talbot says 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.

He says the 100 cases have been linked either directly or indirectly to the companies, and the results of more tests are expected Monday.

Talbot says Alberta Health Services and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are investigating to see if more products need to be recalled.

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