Kitikmeot Inuit Association warns possibly spoiled beef included in food hampers

Meat packs distributed to Inuit families across Kitikmeot as part of pandemic relief

The Kitikmeot Inuit Association is warning recipients of its meat pack program that ground beef included in the January pack may be spoiled. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Kitikmeot Inuit Association warns that the ground beef included in the January delivery of its meat pack program might be spoiled.

“We would advise all families that have received the meat pack to first test the meat by smelling it, and if it doesn’t smell good, discard it,” states a notice from the association, dated Jan. 21.

The meat pack program is an initiative to distribute food during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nunatsiaq News reported in November the hampers reach 1,600 Inuit households across the Kitikmeot region. 

Money for the meat pack program comes from a $33.8-million federal fund, which Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. funneled to regional Inuit associations last year. The money is intended to provide financial support to Inuit families throughout the pandemic. 

Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. is the supplier for the meat pack program. 

According to the notice, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association is working with the Co-op to “correct” the situation.

The association is asking recipients to report if any of their meat products smell bad, or if any products have been thrown away.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by tuktuborel on

    If there is a strong possibility of spoiled meat then the CO OP should be more forthright about this. Why is the meat suspected of being spoiled? Was there an issue at the meat plant, was there a shipping issue and the meat was not kept frozen?

    The smell test may not be good enough to detect health issues.

  2. Posted by tuktuborel on

    If there is a strong possibility of spoiled meat then the CO OP should be more forthright about this. Why is the meat suspected of being spoiled? Was there an issue at the meat plant, was there a shipping issue and the meat was not kept frozen?

    The smell test may not be good enough to detect health issues. Botulism is not a good thing.

  3. Posted by Ronnie on

    The Christmas Committee bought some food for hampers from the great Northern Stores. Many hampers had rotten potatoes. The committee fundraising annually for the needy and presents for all children under 12. Northern Stores is American owned.

    • Posted by I Am Canadian on

      First, The North West Company (Northern) is a Canadian company. Second, what does it matter who owns it?

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