Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

April 01, 2010 23:35 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Silani Brand Mozzarella Cheese Product May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2010) - AUDIO clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Silani Sweet Cheese Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Silani brand Mozzarella Cheese Product described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Silani brand Mozzarella Cheese Product, is sold in 340 g packages bearing UPC 0 650525 7 and a Best Before date of 2011 MR 01.

This product has been distributed in Ontario and Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

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, Silani Sweet Cheese Ltd., Schomberg, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected product 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:

Silani Sweet Cheese Ltd. at 1-877-855-1987; or,

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.

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600