Health Canada Recalls Turkeys in Western Canada Ahead of Thanksgiving

Health Canada Recalls Turkeys in Western Canada Ahead of Thanksgiving
Pumpkin spice turkey. PHOTO BY SUBMITTED PHOTO /Think Turkey

Western Canadians advised against consuming specific turkey products due to possible spoilage

As Canadians in the west prepare for their Thanksgiving dinners, Health Canada has issued a recall for a specific brand of turkeys due to concerns about possible spoilage.

Sunrise Farms Young Turkey Under Scrutiny

Health Canada’s advisory, released Saturday, focuses on Sunrise Farms Young Turkey with giblets. These products, bearing an expiration date of Oct. 11, have been identified as possibly spoilt. The health agency is advising customers who purchased these turkeys to return them immediately. Additionally, grocery stores and retailers have been instructed not to sell, serve, or distribute this product.

Although the turkeys are available in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, it remains unclear exactly when they were sold. Notably, Health Canada has indicated that the microbial contamination detected in these turkeys is not considered harmful.

Sobeys Inc. Also Sounds the Alarm

This recall follows a similar action by Sobeys Inc., which had earlier recalled the Grade A Fresh Turkey from Sunrise Farms for its customers in western Canada. The supermarket giant has urged its customers to return the purchased birds in exchange for a full refund.

In an official statement shared with CityNews, Sobeys highlighted that their decision to recall the product was “out of an abundance of caution.”

An Unsettling Development Before the Festivities

This back-to-back recall comes at a particularly crucial time as many families in western Canada are gearing up for their Thanksgiving celebrations, with turkey often being the centrepiece of the feast.

Customers are advised to check the expiration dates on their purchased turkeys and ensure they are not consuming any product that has been recalled.

For more details on the recall and safe turkey handling practices, Canadians are encouraged to visit Health Canada’s official website.