Costco has issued a recall of pre-packaged mushrooms due to potential contamination by Listeria, an organism that can cause serious and fatal infections in vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems. The recall affects 10 oz. packages of Stir Fry Vegetable with Beef and Yakisoba Stir Fry with Chicken, which contain pre-packaged mushrooms. Costco has suspended sales of the products and is working with the packaging company to investigate the source of contamination. No illnesses have been reported so far, and consumers can return the affected items for a refund.
Costco Recalls Pre-Packaged Mushrooms Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
Costco has recently issued a recall on pre-packaged mushrooms due to the possible presence of Listeria, an organism which can cause serious and even fatal infections in vulnerable populations such as older adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems. The recall affects the 10 oz. packages of Stir Fry Vegetable with Beef and Yakisoba Stir Fry with Chicken, both of which contain pre-packaged mushrooms as an ingredient.
What is Listeria?
Listeria is a type of bacteria that can be found in soil, water, and certain animals such as cows and chickens. It can contaminate food products such as raw vegetables, dairy products, and deli meats. While Listeria infections are relatively rare, they can be extremely dangerous for certain people, such as those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of Listeria infection can include fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal issues.
Why did Costco issue the recall?
Costco issued the recall as a precautionary measure after the company responsible for packaging the mushrooms notified Costco of a possible contamination with Listeria. Although no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products at this time, Costco is taking extra measures to ensure the safety of its consumers.
How can consumers identify the affected products?
The affected products are the 10 oz. packages of Stir Fry Vegetable with Beef and Yakisoba Stir Fry with Chicken, both of which contain pre-packaged mushrooms. Consumers can identify the affected products by checking the “Best By” date on the packaging; the affected products have a “Best By” date of 8/26/2020.
What should consumers do if they have purchased the affected products?
Consumers who have purchased the affected products are advised to return them to Costco for a full refund. Consumers with questions or concerns can contact the company at 1-800-774-1200.
How can consumers prevent Listeria contamination in their food?
Consumers can take steps to prevent Listeria contamination in their food by washing all produce thoroughly before consuming it, cooking all meat and poultry products to the appropriate temperature, and avoiding raw or unpasteurized dairy products. It is also important to always practice good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently, to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Has anyone become ill from consuming these products?
No illnesses have been reported in connection with these products at this time.
What is Costco doing to prevent future contamination?
Costco is working closely with the packaging company responsible for the affected mushrooms to investigate the source of the contamination. In the meantime, Costco has suspended sales of the affected products and is taking additional measures to ensure the safety of its consumers.
How long will the recall be in effect?
The recall will be in effect until all affected products have been removed from the market. Consumers who have purchased the affected products are advised to return them to Costco for a full refund.