Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 23, 2009 01:11 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Processed Meat Products May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2009) - Audio clips available at

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Olymel S.E.C. are warning the public not to consume certain processed meat products described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following processed meat products are affected by this alert.

A table of processed meat products affected by this alert is available at the following address:

These products have been distributed in Ontario and Quebec.

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, Olymel S.E.C., Montreal, QC, 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 one of the following numbers:

Olymel S.E.C. at (514) 858-9000

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:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

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

Photos of processed meat products affected by this alert are available at the following addresses:

Contact Information

  • Olymel S.E.C.
    Richard Vigneault
    (514) 497-1385
    CFIA Media Relations