Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 28, 2011 04:49 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Compliments Brand Sensations Old-Style Smoked Ham may Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2011) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Les Cuisines Gaspésiennes de Matane Ltée are warning the public not to consume the Compliments brand Sensations Old-Style Smoked Ham described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected Compliments brand Sensations Old-Style Smoked Ham is sold in 175 g packages bearing UPC 6 23682 10628 2, Lot Code: 230 87, and Best Before: 2011NO13

This product was distributed in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

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, Les Cuisines Gaspésiennes de Matane Ltée, Matane, Québec, is voluntarily recalling the affected product 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 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.

A photo of the product is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/20110928.JPG.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600