The special combo product is being recalled because of a possibility of bacterial contamination. The products are said to be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes, a harmful bacterial contaminant. Specific information about the recalled product is the following:
Brand: Ginger Beef Choice
Product description: Ready-to-Eat Special Combo
Net weight: 1 kilogram
UPC code: 665075229802
“Best Before” date: November 28, 2011
The affected product was distributed in different Costco stores in the areas of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Consumers who were able to buy the recalled product are advised not to consume it. Food that has been contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes does not taste, smell or look spoiled. However, this food can cause serious medical emergencies, especially to pregnant women, the elderly, children, and those who have weak immune systems. Common symptoms of infection include fever, nausea, severe headache and stiff neck. In worst cases, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages or stillbirths during pregnancy, or neonatal infection. It can even cause death in those with weakened immunity. To date however, there have been no reports of medical emergencies that are related to the recalled product.
The CFIA is currently checking the effectiveness of the product recall. Consumers who have concerns about the recall can call the CFIA’s toll-free number 1-800-442-2342. The consumer service representatives will be available to answer calls during weekdays, from 8 AM to 8 PM, EST.