Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 02, 2009 20:32 ET

Health Hazard Alert-Certain Western Brand Cream Cheese Products May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2009) -

Editors note: Two photos are included with this press release on Marketwire's website.

Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Liberte Natural Foods Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Western brand cream cheese products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products are affected by this alert:



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Brand Product Size UPC Best Before
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Western Original Cream Cheese Product 250 g 0 61641 00006 4 DE 28
Western Light Cream Cheese Product 250 g 0 61641 01550 1 DE 28
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These products have been distributed in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The manufacturer, Liberte Natural Foods Ltd., Brampton, 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 Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.shtml.

For more 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

To view the photos associated with this press release, please visit the following links:

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20091202-Liberte_cream_cheese_800.JPG

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20091202-Light_Cream_Cheese_800.JPG

Contact Information

  • Liberte Natural Foods Ltd.
    Caroline Spivak
    416-371-9740
    or
    CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600