Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 29, 2009 02:13 ET

CFIA/Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Certain Sliced Ready-To-Eat Deli Meats May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 29, 2009) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The public warning issued on August 25, 2009 has been expanded to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Delstar Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume the sliced ready-to-eat deli meats described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following sliced ready-to-eat deli meats bearing Establishment number 308 and a Best Before date between 09AU26 (August 26, 2009) and 09OC01 (October 1, 2009), inclusive, are affected by this alert. A list of affected products is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/ca0829.pdf

in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta , British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The manufacturer, Delstar Foods Inc. of Montreal, Quebec is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Listeria monocytogenes, visit the Food Facts web page at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/causee.shtml.

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations:
    613-773-6600