Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

April 01, 2009 01:11 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Brands of Smoked Salmon And Grav-Lox May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2009) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Niagara Smoked Fish Limited are warning the public not to consume certain brands of Smoked Salmon and Grav-Lox because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The list of products bearing the registration number 0609, and affected by this alert is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/CFIA0401.pdf

These products have been distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

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, Niagara Smoked Fish Limited of Mississauga, 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 Listeria monocytogenes, visit the Food Facts web page at:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/listeriae.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
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600