Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 11, 2013 23:04 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Certain Kirkland Signature Brand Organic Lean Ground Beef, Product of USA, May Contain Pathogenic E. coli Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 11, 2013) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Kirkland Signature brand Organic Lean Ground Beef described below because it may be contaminated with pathogenic E. coli bacteria.

The following Kirkland Signature brand product, Product of USA, is affected by this alert:

Product Size UPC Best Before date
Organic Lean Ground Beef 1.8 kg (3 x 600 g) 4 00000 91873 0 13-OC-15

This product has been sold from Costco warehouses in BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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

Food contaminated with pathogenic E. coli may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

The importer, Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, 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 contact:

Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., at 1-800-463-3783; or,

CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at

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

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

Contact Information

  • Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.

    CFIA Media Relations