Ginger Beef Special Combo meals are being recalled from several Costco locations in Canada over possible contamination with listeria bacteria. The products were distributed through Costco locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. So far there have been no reported cases of illness from the meals. However, there is still a worry of contamination according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Listeria bacteria will not cause food to outwardly appear spoiled or unsafe but it can lead to listeriosis, a food-born illness. Listeriosis symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.
The following is the product information for the recalled product:
- Ginger Beef Choice brand Special Combo is sold in a 1 kg package bearing UPC 6 65075 22980 2 and Best Before date 2011 NOV 28.
If you have this product in your fridge, or freezer, don’t eat it (obviously)! You should return it to the Costco where you purchased it for a refund. For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).