This week Costco Canada announced a voluntary recall that is being carried out by Mongiello Italian Cheese for their Formaggio Italian Style Artisan Wraps due to possible listeria contamination. The wraps are made up of Italian style meats wrapped around fresh mozzarella. This product was sold at Costco Canada locations in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. The affected packages are marked with “Best Before” dates between February 13 and March 11, 2013 with Costco item number 331205.
Luckily, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has not had any reports of illness related to these wraps. On March 12 Costco sent out a letter to customers that had purchased the recalled product. If you didn’t get one yet, you can read the full letter on the Costco Canada website. If you have purchased the recalled wraps, don’t eat them (obviously) and take them back to your Costco store for a refund. If you have any other questions contact Costco Customer Service at 1.800.463.3783.
Listeria is a bacterial food borne illness that can be very dangerous to pregnant women, newborns, elderly people, and adults with weakened immune systems. Listeria can lead to very serious illnesses and can be much worse, and far more lethal, than other forms of food borne illnesses. In short, it isn’t something to mess around with at all. So, don’t chance it and return your crab spread to Costco to be safe.