Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 22, 2006 02:03 ET

CFIA: Consumer Advisory-Suspected Tampering of Granny's Brand Ready to Cook Fresh Young Turkey

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 22, 2006) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Granny's Poultry Co-Operative (Manitoba) Ltd. are advising the public that a single incident of suspected tampering of Granny's brand fresh young turkey was reported in Ottawa, Ontario.

An Ottawa resident has reported finding metal pins in a turkey which was cooked at home. The consumer found the pins while slicing the cooked turkey. No injuries were reported in this incident.

The affected turkey was a fresh turkey. The package identified this turkey as a Granny's brand ready to cook fresh young turkey and bears the following information on the label: Best Before 06 DE 27 and Est # 137. It was sold from a Loblaws Store in Kanata, Ontario. This brand of turkey, however, is distributed nationally.

To date, with the full cooperation of the retailer and the manufacturer, 505 packaged turkeys from the Ottawa retail store and a Manitoba warehouse have been examined and no additional pins have been found. The evidence gathered to date indicates a very high probability that this is an isolated incident. The CFIA will continue its investigation should new information be received.

Consumers should, however, be aware and vigilant. Consumers should check turkeys and call the CFIA number listed below if they have food safety concerns. Signs that a turkey has been tampered with may include, for example, unusual cuts or holes on the packages, finding of extraneous material while slicing and abnormal discoloration of meat.

This incident has been referred to the police.

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

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)

Granny's Poultry - Dale Keiver at 204-925-6247 (Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media enquiries:
    CFIA Media Relations
    (613) 228-6682
    or
    Granny's Poultry Co-Operative (Manitoba) Ltd.
    Wayne Morrison
    (204) 488-2230