Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 03, 2010 00:56 ET

CFIA/Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Certain Process Cheese Slice Products May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The public warning issued on November 26, 2010 has been expanded.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Saputo Inc. are warning the public and food service institutions, such as restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, not to serve or consume the process cheese slice products described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following products, bearing establishment number "REG: 1900", are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Format UPC Best Before dates up to and including
Faith Farms Ribbon Slices Process Cheese Product – Made with Swiss Cheese 2 kg 065949040029 2011 AL 16
Faith Farms Ribbon Slices
Process Cheese Food
2 kg 065949040043 2011 JL 18
Faith
Farms
Submarine Cut Process Cheese Food 2 kg 065949040050 2011 JL 09
Faith
Farms
Pullman Slices Process Cheese Food 2 kg 065949040074 2011 MA 07
No Label PCF – Colored Pullman 2.27 kg None 2011 OC 27
St-Albert Ribbon Slices Process Cheese Food 2 kg None 2011 JL 09
Sunspun Pullman Slices Process Cheese Food 2 kg 060383020262 2011 AL 30
Sunspun Ribbon Slices
Process Swiss Food
2 kg 060383101367 2011 AL 15
Sunspun Submarine Slices
Process Cheese Food
2 kg 060383128036 2011 MA 10

These process cheese slice products may have been sold through retailers, cash and carry and deli stores and may also have been sold to food service institutions such as restaurants, hospitals, day care centres and nursing homes. If you have purchased unlabelled processed cheese slices check with your place of purchase to determine if you have the affected product.

These products have been distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the affected 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, Saputo Inc, Montréal, Québec 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:

Saputo Inc. at 1-800-672-8866; 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.

Photos of the products are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/chese.pdf

Contact Information

  • Saputo Inc.
    Sandy Vassiadis
    514-328-3347
    or
    CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600