You may have heard about the recent recalls as a result of possible salmonella bacteria contamination in a flavor enhancer added to lots of different types of foods. The recall started in the United States and has now spread to Canada too. Apparently, there is a worry that a hydrolyzed vegetable protein that is used in a wide variety of foods by Best Food Flavors of Las Vegas, NV, may have been contaminated with salmonella. Currently, 56 food products made by Basic Food Flavors that contain the hydrolyzed vegetable protein have been recalled in the United States. Over the last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a number of recalls of food products that were made in the United States and distributed in Canada. So far, there have been no confirmed cases of illnesses related to any of the recalled products in either Canada or the United States.
There are a couple of products that Costco sold through their Canadian locations that have been recalled as a result of this investigation: potato chips and stir-fry mix. Here are the full details on the recalled products:
- Imperial Stir Fry, Item # 16914 – This recall is for best before code dates of 11 August 04 (August 4, 2011). If you have any of this product, return it to Costco for a full refund. For more information, contact Best Food Flavors at 1.888.641.9349.
- Hawaiian Kettle Potato Chips, Item # 762459This recall is only for the Sweet Maui Onion flavored Kettle brand chips. They were sold in a 908 gram package with a UPC code of 0 11594 03201 8. All Best Before code dates from 10 MR 09 (March 9, 2010) to 10 JN 07 (June 7, 2010), inclusive are affected by this alert. This product has been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. If you have this product, you should return it to Costco for a refund. For more information, contact Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. at 1.800.463.3783 (9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).
For more information about all products in Canada that have been part of this recall, you can visit the CFIA’s website. To find out what products sold specifically through Costco Canada have been a part of this, or any other recall campaign, you can visit the Costco Canada Product Notices webpage. Currently, no products sold at Costco in the United States have been a part of this recall, however, if you want to keep up to date on such things, you should visit the Costco U.S. Product Notices webpage.
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