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Health Hazard Alert - Certain Veggie Patch brand Ultimate Meatless Burger may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
November 30, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Costco Wholesale Canada Inc.
Distribution:
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7617

Advisory details

Ottawa, November 30, 2012 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Costco Wholesale Canada Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Veggie Patch brand The Ultimate Meatless Burger described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Veggie Patch brand The Ultimate Meatless Burger, was produced in the United States of America and imported into Canada. This product was sold refrigerated in 1.02 kg tray, bearing UPC 6 10129 08477 7. The two Best Before dates affected by this alert are Jan/12/2013 and Jan/17/2013.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause 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 importer, Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., Ottawa, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

VEGGIE PATCH (manufacturer) at 1-888-807-0765 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday to Saturday, or at contactus@veggiepatch.com

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

More information

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause 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.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

Media enquiries

Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
1-800-463-3783

Veggie Patch
Laura Herbert
212-219-0321
Herbert@formulapr.com

CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600