Ready-to-eat meat products and other products produced by a Cariboo-Chilcotin meat processor may pose a health risk if consumed.
The BC Centre for Disease Control is advising the public that products made by Chilcotin Harvest, distributed in the Williams Lake area, and sold from the Ethical Kitchen restaurant in North Vancouver should not be consumed.
During a routine inspection of the processing plant inspectors found safety issues with the process in which the products were being prepared. The processor has stopped distributing this product and is co-operating fully with provincial inspectors.
No illnesses have been reported linked to these products.
“These products were not formulated in accordance with practices that are consistent with food safety standards,” said Lynn Wilcott, acting program director of food protection services with the BC Centre for Disease Control.
“It was determined that Clostridium botulinum or E. coli could potentially grow in these products.”
Should consumers have these products in their refrigerator or freezer, they are advised to discard them.
The affected products are labelled “Pasture to Plate.” There are no dates or lot numbers associated with these products. They have been sold in individual retail packages.
For the full list of products, go to www.bccdc.ca/resourcematerials/newsandalerts/healthalerts/MeatAdvisory.htm.