Beef sold in a north-east shop has been recalled over fears it is infected with potentially deadly E. coli.
Some Costco members who purchased Aberdeen Angus minced beef from the firm’s Westhill store were alerted to the problem earlier this week.
A letter from the meat’s supplier, AK Stoddart, dated September 11, said the affected product had been sold between September 3-7.
It advised that “any product that has been frozen or further processed and not been consumed should be destroyed” but that if any had been “cooked thoroughly and to a high temperature” and eaten it “should not pose any risk to health”.
The recalled mince was also sold in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Watford and Thurrock stores.
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A spokesman for Broxburn-based AK Stoddart declined to comment but the letter, signed by the supplier’s managing director, Grant Moir, said: “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 to health.
“Any product that has been frozen or further processed and has not been consumed should be destroyed.
“The quality and safety of our products is of paramount importance which is why we are working closely with Costco and the relevant government agencies to inform Costco members of these findings.
“We apologise for any inconvenience or distress this may have caused.”
Craig Wilson, manager of food safety and quality assurance for Costco, described the case as “unconfirmed”, however, the FSS has said they are aware of E. coli 0157 in one batch of minced beef.
Mr Wilson said: “It only went to five stores, it’s not very widespread at all, but we thought it best to alert our members right away that there could be an issue, to remind them to cook the minced beef appropriately.”
A spokeswoman for FSS Scotland said: “The risk of illness is low provided all minced beef and minced beef products are cooked thoroughly until steaming hot, with no pink meat visible.”