Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 26, 2010 23:11 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Faith Farms Brand Cheese May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

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

The following table lists the affected cheese:

Brand Product Format UPC Best Before
/ Code
Lot Codes
Faith
Farms
Ribbon Slices Process Cheese
Food
 2 kg 0 65949 04004 3 2011/MA/05
REG: 1900
1681, 1682, 1683,
1684, 1685

This product was sold through 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.

This product was distributed in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia 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 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 product 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 514-328-3347

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.

A photo of the product is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cheese1.pdf

Contact Information

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