Vancouver Coastal Health is warning customers not to consume any produce or ready-to-eat foods made in-house at Foody World, at 3000 Sexsmith Road in Richmond, due to possible Listeria contamination. So far at least six people have been hospitalized due to the illness.

Listeria bacteria
Listeria monocytogenes/CDC

Potentially contaminated items include all ready-to-eat meat products such as BBQ pork and marinated meats, sushi, produce, and baked goods purchased since July 2016. If you have any produce, ready-to-eat or raw food items from Foody World, please dispose of them immediately.

Symptoms of Listeriosis include fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting and muscle aches. Listeriosis can also cause serious illness such as meningitis or blood infections in pregnant women and newborns, those with weakened immune systems and older adults or seniors. Symptoms typically start within four weeks after consuming, but can appear up to ten weeks later.

If you think you have an infection caused by Listeria, see a doctor for testing, advice and treatment. VCH Public Health will follow-up with any patients whose lab results are positive for Listeria. Most healthy people require no treatment, however, those at higher risk of serious illness can be treated with antibiotics.

VCH Public Health inspectors have closed the store and kitchen. The store will be reopened once it meets all health and safety standards.