Person sick with Listeria linked to Richmond grocery store has died
Cause of death has not yet been determined, says Vancouver Coastal Health
One of the people who contracted Listeria linked to Foody World, a Richmond grocery store, has died according to Vancouver Coastal Health.
The cause of death is not known, and the person had underlying serious health issues, the health authority said Monday.
As of Friday, at least six people had been hospitalized due to Listeria linked to Foody World, at 3000 Sexsmith Road in Richmond, B.C.
Vancouver Coastal Health warned customers not to consume any produce or ready-to-eat foods made in-house at the store.
Potentially contaminated items include:
- All ready-to-eat meat products such as BBQ pork and marinated meats.
- Baked goods.
If you have any of these items, or raw food items, purchased at Foody World since July 2016, "please dispose of them immediately," the health authority wrote in a statement.
Public health inspectors have closed the store and kitchen. The store will reopen once it meets safety standards, according to the statement.
Symptoms of Listeriosis
Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
It's particularly dangerous in pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems. In pregnant women, it may lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.
Symptoms can take weeks to appear, and may include fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting and muscle aches.
If you think you have Listeriosis, seek medical attention and the health authority will follow up with any patients whose lab results are positive for Listeria.
For more information on the food recall, members of the public can call Vancouver Coastal Health at 604-233-3147 to speak to an environmental health officer.