Certain Kirkland Signature brand Lean Ground Beef may contain pathogenic E. coli bacteria

Starting date:
October 16, 2013
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Updated Health Hazard Alert
Microbiological - Other
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
Extent of the product distribution:
CFIA reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, October 16, 2013 - The public warning issued on October 11th, 2013 has been updated to include an additional product which was sold at only one Costco store location.

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

This product has been sold from the Costco warehouse in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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

The retailer, Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size UPC Additional info
Kirkland Signature Lean Ground Beef, 15% Fat or less variable variable Pack date:
Sell by:


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Media enquiries

Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.

CFIA Media Relations

For more information

Food contaminated with pathogenic E. coli may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may 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.

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.

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.