(UPDATED COVERAGE, Aug. 22) Champ’s Mushrooms expanded a voluntarily recall of fresh, sliced crimini mushrooms because of possible listeria contamination. The mushrooms are known to have been distributed in British Columbia and Alberta, but may have been distributed in other provinces.
No illnesses have been reported in relation to the recalled product, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Aug. 22 notice.
The 8-ounce packages have the Universal Price Code of 0 33383 67600 5 and the packed-on date written as,"PO 10AUG2012" or "PO 11AUG2012, according to the expanded recall.
However, the original recall notice on Aug. 20 reported the 8-ounce packages from the Aldergrove, B.C.-based Champ’s had the UPC of 6 78286 88877 5.
Calls to Champ’s headquarters were referred to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Garfield Balsom, a food safety and recall specialist with the CFIA, said the agency discovered listeria in a random sample of the finished product. He said he wasn't sure if the sampling was done at the distribution or retail level.
The CFIA notice states the agency is monitoring the voluntary recall, but does not include the volume of mushrooms distributed.
"We don't usually keep track of the volume distributed because we don't think that is of much help to consumers," Balsom said. "We get a list of accounts from the producer of where it was sent ... and then follow up to make sure the product was actually removed."
The CFIA is inspecting Champ's growing and packing operations to try to determine the source of the listeria, Garfield said.