Shock at E coli scare in Costco store

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Cus­tomers at Westhill’s Costco store were left shocked af­ter food items were re­called due to an E coli scare.

Bosses alerted the pub­lic to the is­sue in a let­ter on Tues­day.

It stated Aberdeen Angus minced beef prod­ucts, sold be­tween Septem­ber 3 and Septem­ber 7, could con­tain the po­ten­tially deadly E coli bac­te­ria.

The let­ter ad­vised “any prod­uct that has been frozen or fur­ther pro­cessed and not been con­sumed should be de­stroyed”.

But it added that any which had been “cooked thor­oughly and to a high tem­per­a­ture should not pose any risk to health”.

A spokesman for Brox­burn-based AK Stoddart de­clined to

“We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience or dis­tress”

com­ment, but The Press and Jour­nal has seen the let­ter, signed by the sup­plier’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Grant Moir.

This stated: “Both the FSA Eng­land and FSS Scot­land have been con­tacted re­gard­ing the find­ings and have un­der­taken risk as­sess­ment.

“Their ad­vice is that if the prod­uct has been cooked thor­oughly and to a high tem­per­a­ture it should not pose any risk.

“Any prod­uct that has been frozen or fur­ther pro­cessed and has not been con­sumed should be de­stroyed.

“We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience or dis­tress this may have caused.”

On so­cial me­dia, shop­pers at the Westhill store were an­gered by the news, with one cus­tomer en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to “shop lo­cal” at butch­ers to avoid con­tam­i­na­tion con­cerns.

Craig Wil­son, man­ager of food safety and qual­ity as­sur­ance for Costco, de­scribed the case as “un­con­firmed”.

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