Recalled: Canadian beef sold at Wash. grocery stores

TORONTO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded its public health alert regarding contaminated Canadian beef products that have been distributed across Canada and the United States, including Washington state.

The recall includes all beef and beef products produced on August 24, 27, 28, 29 and Sept. 5 by an XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta.

"Products subject to the recall include, but are not limited to, steaks, roasts, mechanically tenderized steaks and roasts, and ground beef," the USDA said in its public health alert.

The beef in question was sold in 30 states across the U.S.The beef in question was sold at the following stores in Washington state: Walmart, Albertson's, Fred Meyer, Haggen Northwest Fresh, Safeway, Sam's Club and TOP Food and Drug.

The plant has been shut down and resume operations until it has taken the steps necessary to ensure its products are free of E. coli bacteria. Canada revoked the plant's permit to export beef to the U.S. on Sept. 13 at the request of the USDA.

The agency says it cannot yet confirm cases of people getting sick from eating the ground beef.