Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 11, 2008 01:52 ET

CFIA/Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Various Cheese Products Produced By Ivanhoe Cheese Inc. May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2008) - Audio clips available at

The public warning issued on September 5, 2008 has been updated to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ivanhoe Cheese Inc. are warning the public not to consume various cheese products described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following products are affected by this alert.

1. Great Canadian brand Shredded Marble Cheese, 400g, code 3070,
UPC 0 68642 00211 0.

2. Great Canadian brand Shredded Marble Cheese, 200g, code 3070,
UPC 0 68642 00201 1.

3. Ivanhoe brand Marble Cheese, 2.5 kg, code 3070.

These products have been distributed in Ontario.

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 manufacturer, Ivanhoe Cheese Inc., Madoc, ON, 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:

Ivanhoe Consumer Hotline at 1-888-473-4269;

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

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at

Contact Information

  • Ivanhoe Cheese Inc.
    Leslie Wood
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety & Recall
    Garfield Balsom (English)
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety & Recall
    Linda LeBlanc (French)