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E Coli in Halal Beef Burgers (Maple Leaf & Zabiha)

21 Mar

Totally recalled: over 135 burger products, all potentially contaminated with E. coli

Hopefully these were not part of the recall (Image: Seth Kaplan)

The product: Just about every other brand of store-bought burger this side of the 49th parallel (OK, not quite—the extensive list is below)

Establishment number: 761

Best before date: from January 1, 2012 to February 15, 2013

Production code: 11 JL 01 up to 12 FE 15

Lot code: five digits, with the last four being 1831 or greater

The details: What started out as a case of some contaminated beef appears to have become a case of, well, a heck of a lot more contaminated beef. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which has been sending out steady notices about various beef products over the past weeks, has learned that over 135 products may be contaminated with E. coli. Best Value 10 Beef Burgers? (Potentially) Contaminated.Country Morning Beef Burgers and Country Morning Gold Western BBQ Burgers? Yep. PC Thick and Juicy? Oh yeah. Most of these products have ended up in grocery stores, but some have been sent to restaurants, like Hero Certified Burgers and Licks, as well. Anyway, while it’s tough to keep track of the dozens of potentially affected products, the CFIA says they can all be identified by their establishment number, 761, which belongs to New Food Classics. The CFIA reports only one illness associated with the outbreak so far, but maybe you’d better jot that number down—this is the same strain of E. coli that was responsible for seven deaths in Walkerton, Ontario back in 2000. [CFIA]

The full list

Brand Product Size UPC
Best Value 10 Beef Burgers 1 kg 7 71212 88103 8
Best Value 20 Beef Burgers 2 kg 7 71212 88104 5
Best Value 40 Beef Burgers 4.54 kg 7 71212 88108 3
BV Balance Lean Sirloin Beef Burgers 852 g 7 71212 88123 6
Calgary Stampede Western-style BBQ Sauce Beef Burgers, 3.2 oz 725 g 0 66669 53213 9
Calgary Stampede Western-style BBQ Sauce Beef Burgers, 6 oz 1.02 kg 0 66669 53214 6
Country Morning Seasoned Beef Burgers 1.36 kg 0 57316 12781 5
Country Morning Beef Burgers 1 kg 0 57316 02941 6
Country Morning Beef Burgers 2.27 kg 0 57316 08662 4
Country Morning Beef Burgers 4.54 kg 0 57316 07846 2
Country Morning Gold Mozzarella & Bacon Beef Burger 907 g 0 57316 09575 6
Country Morning Gold Philly Cheese Burgers with Monterey Jack Cheese, Green Peppers, Onions & Mushrooms 852 g 0 57316 15088 2
Country Morning Gold Prime Rib Beef Burger with 70% Prime Rib 907 g 0 57316 13426 4
Country Morning Gold Range Fed Angus Beef Burgers 852 g 0 57316 09862 7
Country Morning Gold Seasoned Sirloin Beef Burger 907 g 0 57316 09862 7
Country Morning Gold Sliders – Prime Rib Beef Burger With 75% Prime Rib 684 g 0 57316 15087 5
Country Morning Gold Sliders, Philly Cheese Mini Beef Burgers With Monterey Jack Cheese, Green Peppers, Onions & Mushrooms 684 g 0 57316 15086 8
Country Morning Gold Traditional Gourmet Beef Burger 907 g 0 57316 09574 9
Country Morning Gold Traditional Texas-Size Gourmet Beef Burger 1.02 kg 0 57316 09577 0
Country Morning Gold Western BBQ Burger 907 g 0 57316 09576 3
Exclusive Selections Angus Beef Burgers 852 g 7 71212 88124 3
Exclusive Selections Prime Rib Beef Burgers 1.02 kg 7 71212 88122 9
Grillhouse Angus Beef Slider, Mini Angus Beef Burger 684 g 0 66669 55400 1
Grillhouse Beef Burger With Montreal Steak Spice 852 g 0 66669 55280 9
Grillhouse Lean Beef Burger 852 g 0 66669 55283 0
Grillhouse Our Double Prime Sirloin And Prime Rib 852 g 0 66669 55281 6
Grillhouse Prime Rib Beef Burger Made With 70% Prime Rib And Horseradish 852 g 0 66669 55282 3
Heritage Angus Beef Range-Fed Angus Beef Burgers 852 g 6 28896 00112 5
Irresistibles Angus Beef Burgers 1.13 kg 0 59749 89521 7
Irresistibles Beef Burgers Mushroom Swiss 1.13 kg 0 59749 89524
Irresistibles Lean Sirloin Beef Burgers, Roasted Garlic and Onion 1.13 kg 0 59749 89523 1
Irresistibles Sirloin Beef Burgers, Original 1.13 kg 0 59749 89520 0
Irresistibles Sirloin Beef Burgers, Peppercorn 1.13 kg 0 59749 89523 1
Irresistibles Life Smart Lean Sirloin Beef Burgers 687 g 0 59749 91317 1
Keg Prime Rib Beef Burgers Made With 70% Prime Rib 1.02 kg 6 95676 00600 4
Keg Prime Rib Beef Burgers Made with 75% Prime Rib 2.04 kg 6 95676 00602 1
Keg Prime Rib Beef Burgers made with 75% Prime Rib 852 g 6 95676 00601 4
Keg Prime Rib Beef Burgers made with 75% Prime Rib 1.7 kg 6 95676 00603 8
Keg Prime Rib Beef Sliders made with 75% Prime Rib 852 g 6 95676 00610 6
Licks Beef Burger, 153 g 612 g 0 29345 70037 2
Maple Lodge Farms Halal Beef Burgers 4.54 kg 6 20437 05121 7
no name 12 Beef Burgers 1.36 kg 0 60383 37333 7
no name Club Pack Beef Steakettes 2.27 kg 0 60383 01321 9
Our Finest Philly cheese beef burgers, Monterey Jack, green peppers, onions, mushrooms 1.13 kg 6 81131 91306 5
Our Finest Prime Cuts, Sirloin & Prime Rib Beef Burgers made with 60% sirloin and 20% prime rib 1.13 kg 6 81131 91304 1
Our Finest Traditional Recipe Beef Burger 1.13 kg 6 81131 91303 4
Overwaitea Prime Rib Beef Burgers Made With 70% Prime Rib 907 g 0 62639 31131 5
PC Bacon Double Cheese Burger 1.13 kg 0 60383 36886 9
PC Beef Burgers Made With Processed Swiss Cheese Food And Portobello Mushrooms 1.13 kg 0 60383 68626 0
PC Giantico Beef Burger 1.36 kg 0 60383 79418 7
PC Smokin’ Stampede Beef Burger 810 g 0 60383 89377 4
PC Thick & Juicy Beef Burger 1.36 kg 0 60383 08478 3
PC Thick & Juicy Burger 4.54 kg 0 60383 37167 8
PC Thick & Juicy Sirloin Burgers 1.13 kg 0 60383 64238 9
PC Thick & Juicy Beef Burgers Angus 1.13 kg 0 60383 99141 8
PC Thick & Juicy Prime Rib Beef Burgers Made With 75% Prime Rib 1.13 kg 0 60383 71283 9
PC Thick & Juicy Smokin’ Stampede Beef Burgers 1.13 kg 0 60383 85305 1
PC Triple Cheese, Thick & Juicy Beef Burgers 1.13 kg 0 60383 82228 6
PC Blue Menu Angus Sliders, Mini Lean Angus Beef Burgers 810 g 0 60383 89362 0
PC Blue Menu Angus Thick & Juicy Lean Beef Burgers 1.02 kg 0 60383 80120 5
PC Blue Menu Portion-Wise, Extra-Lean Thick and Juicy Beef Burgers 800 g 0 60383 82227 9
PC Blue Menu Thick & Juicy Lean Beef Burgers 1.13 kg 0 60383 75625 3
PC Butchers Choice BC Beef Burger Garlic Peppercorn 1.13 kg 0 60383 89363 7
PC Butchers Choice BC Hickory BBQ Beef Burger 1.13 kg 0 60383 89364 4
Prairie Heritage Producers Range-Fed Lean Angus Beef Burgers 568 g 6 28896 00208 5
Q Burger Beef Burgers 2.27 kg 0 66669 53370 9
Q Burger Beef Burgers Uncooked 2.27 kg 0 66669 53343 3
Simply Food Angus Beef Sliders Mini Beef Burgers 684 g 0 57800 80213 6
Simply Food Lean Beef Burgers 852 g 0 57800 00019 8
Simply Food Prime Rib Beef Burger With 51% Prime Rib 852 g 0 57800 00092 1
Spring Creek Our Gourmet Angus Beef Burgers 907 g 6 88315 00301 7
Sunspun Bearpaw-Shaped Beef Burgers 4.54 kg 0 60383 09052 7
Webers Beef Burgers 612 g 6 27843 06455 8
Webers Beef Burgers “Bucket of Burgers” (12) 1.22 kg 6 27843 06456 5
Western Family “Philly Cheese Steak” Beef Burgers 852 g 0 62639 32141 3
Western Family Angus Beef Sliders, Mini Burgers Made With 51% Angus Beef 684 g 0 62639 32718 7
Western Family Cheddar & Bacon Angus Beef Burgers, With Real Cheddar Cheese and Bacon 852 g 0 62639 32714 9
Western Family Homestyle Recipe Beef Burgers With Onions and Spices Like Mom Used to Make 852 g 0 62639 32712 5
Western Family Serrano and Jalapeno Beef Burgers with Monterey Jack Cheese, Serrano and Jalapeno Peppers 852 g 0 62639 32713 2
Western Family Serrano and Jalapeno Beef Sliders, Mini Beef Burgers With Monterey Jack Cheese, Serrano and Jalapeno Peppers 684 g 0 62639 32715 6
Zabiha Halal Beef Burgers 907 g 0 67714 00672 8

Real World: Bothering Hijabis

2 Feb

Why do people think they can say anything they want to hijabis? Why do they think we’ll walk away and they’ll get away with it? I pick my battles-some I’ll walk away from, but there are a few I’ll ‘fight’. 

Yesterday in the mall a girl in front of all her friends puts on this weird manly voice and goes, “YOU WANT SOME CANDY?” I’m in shock-there’s no way this girl is talking to me. But oh, she is. Out of everybody in the mall…she picks me. This one I ‘fought’. “Are you talking to me? Yeah don’t talk to me thanks.”

TODAY my friend and I (also a hijabi) are waiting to cross the street and who should approach us but a grown man asking us: “Do you girls like to have @#%?” Um…..REALLY? No…really?? Would you ask ANY girl that kind of question? Let alone two covered girls? WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO? Needless to say I didn’t fight this one. I grabbed my friend and quickly crossed the street the other way. Like….I’m getting tired of this….this happens to me every day: Men letting women on the bus ahead of them until it’s my turn, rude questions and comments…etc etc My friend wears niqab and says no one will sit next to her on the bus even if it’s packed!

What should we do? What CAN we do?

How To Make Proper Duaa

25 Jan

Salaam alaikum sisters,

Inshallah I will make this post longer but to start off I just wanted to remind everyone that when making duaa (outside of salaah) one must first say:

Bismillahi arrahman arraheem. Then one must recite al-fatiha and finally the second tashahhud before making your duaa. 

May Allah swt keep us on the straight path. Ameen.

Do Men Excel Over Women-Islam QA, Ibn Katheer, Dr. Al-Alwani

19 Jan

Salaam alaikum sisters,

Yesterday I went on Islam QA to ask a simple question: to please explain the ayah where Allah says that men excel over women. Here is the complete ayah: 

“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allaah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means”

[al-Nisa’ 4:34] 

Now when reading the answer Islam QA provided I was extremely disappointed and astonished at the level of intelligence the website was providing me with. This is the part that upset me: 

‘because Allaah has made one of them to excel the other’ i.e., because men are superior to women and are  better than women. Hence Prophethood was given only to men, as was the position of khaleefah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘No people shall ever prosper who appoint a woman as their ruler.’ This was narrated by al-Bukhaari from the hadeeth of ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Abi Bakrah from his father. The same applies to the position of qaadi (judge), etc. 

‘and because they spend (to support them) from their means’ refers to the mahr and the spending on women’s maintenance that Allaah has enjoined upon men in His Book and in the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). So a man is inherently better than a woman, and he is superior to her because he spends on her. So it is appropriate that he should be in charge of her, as Allaah says, ‘but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them’ [al-Baqarah 2:228]. 

The two phrases: men are superior to women and are better than women AND a man is inherently better than a woman. Now, PLEASE tell me where there is proof for this…it just doesnt make sense that Allah would expressly state that the value of a woman is equal to that of a man and later state that a man is better than a woman. NOWHERE in hadith OR Quran can this be found. Allah makes it very clear that we are of one soul and we are here as counterparts to one another. Neither is better than the other because without one the other does not exist. 

Now if you look closely Islam QA says that they got this answer from Ibn Katheer. So I decided to look up Ibn Katheers tafseer on this matter myself. These are his words: (and Allah has made one of them to excel the other,) meaning, because men excel over women and are better than them for certain tasks. FOR CERTAIN TASKS. Now, noone will understand what excel means by itself except Allah alone, however to say a man is BETTER than a woman…inherently better is just ignorance like kufr. They actually sound like ufr to me saying that: it is something I would expect from a kufr saying that Islam says men are better than women and subhanallah here is Islam QA saying that! A site that is supposed to be trustworthy! Now it really is not trustworthy since they clearly changed Ibn Kathees words. Ibn Katheer explicitly stated “at certain tasks“. Furthermore the scholars always insist to look at the context of the ayah to clearly understand it. Now in this ayah we are speaking about providing and maintaining, so yes, perhaps men excel over women when it comes to providing (in terms of finances, protection, discipline etc) but I am 100% sure Allah did not mean men are better than women. Ibn Katheer said at certain tasks which I believe is what Allah meant as well.

Dr. Taha Jabi Al-Alwani also agrees with me:

It must be admitted that Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scholars have neglected the wisdom of their respective revelations concerning the equality of the sexes. Qur’anic commentators and jurists in particular seem to have ignored the broader intellectual aspects of a woman’s testimony. In addition, some seem to have allowed themselves to completely overlook the basic Qur’anic principle of gender equality, even though this teaching is mentioned in literally hundreds of Qur’anic verses. Instead, they have engrossed themselves in studies emphasizing biological and psychological differences, thereby attempting to derive evidence from divine revelation to support the attitudes and customs of their pre-Islamic heritage.
    Such a decidedly un-Islamic bias has prevented Muslim scholars from considering the issue of a woman’s testimony in light of the broader Qur’anic teachings of equality. Instead of looking at the issues as a mere division of labor, they considered it as one based on natural incompetence. Taking their cue from Jewish, Christian, and pagan Arab traditions and attitudes, they dwelt on a “woman’s natural tendency to be forgetful and fall into error” and her physical “disabilities.” Did God not say, they argued: “if one of them should make a mistake, the other could remind her” (2:282), thereby reading nor more than the letter of revelation and without taking into consideration the verse’s context or attempting a balanced reading of woman or of nature?
    In essence, Muslim jurists and Qur’anic commentators allowed their cultural prejudices to color their discussions on the subject of women. In their ignorance, they used those verses declaring the competence and equality or women to “prove” the contrary. Using the same perverted logic, they dealt with the subject of the shares due to women through the laws of inheritance.

The sentence that really rings a bell is: instead of looing at the issues as a mere division of labor, they considered it as one based on natural incompetence.

Who could have said it better…Thank you Dr. Al-Alwani for boosting my iman.

Women’s Rights in Islam

30 Dec

TRUE islam shows real rights for women, especially for 1,400 years ago. the Qur’an is the legitimate word of God and its worth a read if you want to understand what islam really is. you cant judge a religion because of its practicers, or sects who have interpretations. you have to only look at the text and judge it for yourself. that’s the only way to understand islam. i am a revert. i reverted after reading the Noble Qur’an.  first of all the Qur’an is the continuation of A) Torah and B) Gospel. We accept all the same prophets from Adam (pbuh) to Jesus (pbuh) + Mohammad (pbuh). now, the Qur’an and the Bible and the Tanakh then share a lot in common, but they change in a sense. Each one is different. They all came at a different time and to a different people. The Qur’an came in a time to the Arabs from the angel Gabriel and in terms of women’s rights, which is what were addressing, women have huge 

rights compared to earlier religions (Judaism and Christianity). i wont go into comparative right now however in Islam women are entitled to:
1) Mahr (protection if divorced, usually a sum of $$)
2) A 3 month waiting time where couple is hoped to reunite where wife is being supported financially
4) Custody of children
5) The right to remarry
6) The right to INHERITANCE
7) Bridal gift kind of like dowry
8) THE RIGHT TO BEAR WITNESS (2=1 man), but compared to Christianity where women couldn’t witness. Plus taken in Qur’anic context this verse was revealed when discussing finances. In situations where the issues involve women women can testify. Also if it is husband vs wife regarding adultery they can each swear as equals. And they say May Allah swt punish me if I am lying.

9) The right to work

10) Equal sight under God. Equal chance in the Hereafter.

11) Women were made from rib o fman but not ‘under’ man, we were made as companions. In fact the creation of women is beautiful in the Quran:

O mankind! Verily We have created you from a single (pair) of

     a male and a female,m and made you into nations and tribes

     that you may know each other… (Qur’an, 49:13


And their Lord has accepted (their prayers) and answered them
     (saying): 'Never will I cause to be lost the work of any of
     you, be he male or female; you are members, one of another...

“It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her in love” (7:189).



Something else you should read is the Sunnah: the way of life of the Prophet pbuh. Women in his time participated in wars, in nursing, in teaching Qur’an and memorizing hadiths (The Prophet’s pbuh’s words), In business, in schools etc etc. Did you know that in most Arab countries the university population is 60% or more female. 


The Dunya vs Jannah

22 Dec

Salaam alaikum sisters,

I just wanted to post something that inshallah we can all remember: the importance of getting to jannah. The dunya is very hard and there are trials and tribulations all of the way. But one of the most beautiful things about jannah that I personally am excited about is the absence of Shaitan. It is very telling that once in jannah where one can no longer commit haraam is the Shaitan removed from our midst; it further proves to me that this dunya is temporary and fleeting and simply a test for what is to come. May Allah swt guide us in all that we do and point our ways to jannah. Ameen.


16 Dec

I am glad to see that the Ottawa Citizen provides its citizens with a non-biased representation of Islam. I was upset reading newspapers from other cities, such as Toronto, which tries to subtly imply the niqab isn’t welcome here. I was born in Canada and I have recently reverted to Islam; I don`t believe there is or should be any conflict between these two aspects of my personality. I also don`t believe wearing a niqab should interfere with any of the rights Canada grants any of its citizens. As Canadians niqabis should be allowed to follow their dreams as much as anyone and should be able to be lawyers, government employees etc. (For obvious reasons-multirepresentation being one.) As Muslims we put our faith before anything else (as does anyone with religious convictions) and if it came down to choosing between God and the state anyone would choose a niqab over the dreams they have of this life as choosing God gives you eternal life. I believe the majority of Canadians don’t realize the extent of conviction Muslims have for their religion (not in any violent jihadist type of way, just the love we have for God, who is the same God Jews and Christians believe in). I am a Canadian-born citizen who wants her right to CHOOSE to wear the niqab; who will deny me my right to choose? Who will deny me my right to cover myself and have modesty?

I find the issue regarding women’s dress extremely ironic. First of all all of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers would cover their hair. (Yes, remember bonnets?) Now all of a sudden hijab is foreign? How did we forget our history so quickly? Second of all, how dare the government allow a woman to expose her breasts under the pretense of ‘freedom’ but are considering not allowing a woman to guard her modesty under the pretense of freedom? So we have the right to expose ourselves but not cover ourselves? I have to be given a right to determine my dress…Sounds chauvisnistic to me. I am sorry but if I choose to cover my face in front of men no man is going to convince me otherwise. Even if face covering was NOT a religious conviction and was an act of modesty; how dare a man tell a woman she must show herself? A MAN legislate my wardrobe? Don’t think so, and furthermore: why aren’t women in government addressing these issues anyway…any room for diplomacy? Id rather hear a woman speak about our rulings concerning dress rather than a man. As a woman I feel deeply violated sexually to know I MUST expose a part of myself.

  Now thousands of Canadians argue its for security. Well if you took the time to research something before judging it you would know that yes, even in Islam, niqabis show their faces to men for identification purposes (if there is no woman around). Although being in Canada aren`t women supposed to make up 40% of the workforce anyway? There is no basis in arguing that niqab is against security. If you think you have instances where niqab WOULD affect security please point it out to me and we can discuss it. But please refrain from insulting religious practices; I am only willing to address those with an open mind. It does not mean you can’t try to convince me, but being rude will not convince me, as it wouldn’t convince anyone.

*I will follow up on how niqab does not violate security.

Salaam alaikum!

16 Dec

Salaam alaikum ladies!

I am creating this blog because there are so many issue in the West right now that Muslims are facing. Our men and our women are being spoken for and the government is choosing which Muslims they want to represent Islam (Canadian Muslim Congress for example). It is time we stand up for our beliefs and represent TRUE ISLAM to the Western world. 

This blog should focus on political, social and moral issues that Muslims are facing in today’s Western world and it also has the potential to create some effective dawah. Please ladies feel FREE to send me articles you find interesting, or videos, or photos, or anything inspirational. 

Salaam alaikum, may Allah swt guide us all.

Sister Rebecca