The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall on Sunrise Farms fresh turkeys in Western Canada is due to a possible spoilage.
Thrifty Foods and Safeway have issued a recall for Sunrise Grade A Fresh Turkey (5- 8 kg ) with a Best Before of Oct. 11.
On the government website, the agency is warning customers and grocers to not use, sell, serve, or distribute the affected product.
The grocer emailed customers then later posted a recall notice to its website.
Customers have been offered a full refund for the turkey.
In an email to CHEK News, Sobeys, the company that owns Thrifty Foods, says the recall was issued out of an abundance of caution because the product “does not meet our quality standards.”
Other affected stores include Safeway, IGA, and FreshCo. Some viewers emailed CHEK News claiming that Quality Foods also sells the same product, but the company has not confirmed that information.
“I always buy fresh, so I missed a bullet,” said shopper Majorie Fullerton.
Fullerton says she’s disappointed by the recall and is opting out of turkeys altogether this year in exchange for chicken.
Other shoppers say they have close friends who purchased the affected product.
“I did see that a few friends on Facebook that bought the product and were not happy about it. I’m glad that it came out as a warning earlier,” said Lesley Pollard.
The CFIA says that the product was distributed to grocers in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. CHEK News has reached out to Surrey-based Sunrise Farms for comment, but it did not respond in time for publication.
“I feel like they probably should’ve caught it sooner, like the health has all of the procedures in place for a reason and obviously it didn’t work this time,” said shopper Janna Johnson.