Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 25, 2010 23:53 ET

CFIA: Health Hazard Alert-Certain Ice Cream Sundae Cups May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Central Smith Creamery are warning the public and food service institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes, not to serve or consume the ice cream sundae cups described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following table lists the affected ice cream sundae cups. These cups were prepared for Sysco Corporation, Toronto, Ontario and were distributed primarily to food service institutions such as restaurants, hospitals, day care centres and nursing homes.

Brand Product Format Code on Box*
Wholesome Farms Vanilla Sundae Cup 115 mL 7382200017032012
Wholesome Farms Butterscotch Sundae Cup 115 mL 7382200020032023

*There is no identifying code on the individual unit; it appears only on the shipping boxes (case of 48). If you have purchased a product described above but cannot identify the original code, you are advised to check with your place of purchase.

These products may have been distributed nationally.

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 these 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, Central Smith Creamery, Peterborough, Ontario 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/cause/listeriae.shtml.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit our web site at: www.inspection.gc.ca.

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