CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Veggie Patch Brand The

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Veggie Patch Brand The Ultimate
Meatless Burger May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/01/12 --  
Product photos are available at http://bit.ly/VkRz2g. 
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. 
This product has been distributed in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and
Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. 
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). 
For information on Listeria monocytogenes, visit the Food Facts web
page at:
 http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/listeriae.shtm
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For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall
Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp. 
To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food
safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product
recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.
Contacts:
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
 
 
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