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Fresh ground beef is packed at a local butcher shop Monday, October 1, 2012 in Levis, Que.Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

Two new cases of E. coli connected to the massive beef recall at the XL Foods plant in Alberta have been confirmed in British Columbia.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says the same strain of the bacteria was found by lab tests, bringing the number of people who have been sickened in B.C. to three.

Health officials say the new cases are both adults and that all three people who have fallen ill have either recovered or are recovering.

One of those sickened was visiting Canada from outside the country and ate beef in both Alberta and B.C.

The second person was diagnosed in the Fraser Health Authority in Metro Vancouver, while the original case involved a man in Nanaimo.

The XL plant hasn't been allowed to move beef to the market since Sept. 27 after it began recalling beef products last month because of the E. coli scare.