Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

January 27, 2008 16:12 ET

CFIA/Warning: Health Hazard Alert - Certain Chicken Sandwiches May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 27, 2008) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Les Aliments Martel Inc. are warning the public not to consume the chicken sandwiches described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following products are affected by this alert:



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Brand Product Size UPC Before Date
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Martel Chicken Sandwich 160 g 0 67585 38064 4 2008 FEV 05
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La Maisonnee Sandwich Wheat Bread
White chicken salad 160 g 0 78302 60089 1 2008 JAN 25
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La Maisonnee Sandwich Club
White chicken salad 240 g 0 78302 51472 3 2008 JAN 25
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These products are known to have been distributed in Quebec, Ontario and could have been distributed in the Atlantic provinces.

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, Les Aliments Martel Inc., Gatineau, 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 one of the following numbers:

Helene Tremblay, Les Aliments Martel au 1-888-463-1557;

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 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

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Garfield Balsom (English)
    613-760-4232
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Linda LeBlanc (French)
    613-760-4112