Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

June 18, 2010 20:50 ET

Consumers Cautioned to Avoid Recalled Meat Products

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising the public that roast beef and corned beef products previously recalled for potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes may have been recently sold at some retail outlets. These products were part of the recall by Smith's Quality Meats (Establishment 294) associated with public warnings issued on June 11 and 16, 2010.

These products may have been sold from deli counters at the customer's request or used in products such as sandwiches and cold cut trays produced and sold from the stores. Consumers who cannot identify the brand of roast beef or corned beef recently purchased from independent stores are advised to check with the place of purchase to ensure that they are not using recalled product.

As part of the CFIA's recall monitoring activities it was identified that, due to misunderstanding, some independent stores may not have removed the recalled products as was intended. These stores were supplied by MacDonald Consolidated, Calgary, and are located in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

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 distributor, MacDonald Consolidated, has re-issued its recall notice. The CFIA is continuing to monitor 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: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600