Saskatchewan checking spike in E. coli cases to see if linked to beef recall

Saskatchewan is reporting a spike in E. coli cases but is waiting for lab tests before linking them to the massive beef recall from an Alberta plant.

The Ministry of Health says there were 13 reported cases of E. coli infection in the province last month.

The usual number for September is between zero and four.

While the government waits for the results expected later this week, consumers are being warned to cook beef thoroughly and to wash their hands when preparing food.

There has been yet another recall of beef products from Alberta’s XL Foods.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a health hazard alert released overnight that dozens of additional products, including roasts and sausages, have been added to a long list of recalled beef.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version located the plant in Edmonton.