Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

February 26, 2011 02:36 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Grated Parmesan Cheese May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2011) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the grated parmesan cheese described below, because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following products are affected by this alert. 

Name Size UPC Code Store
Canadian
Parmesan
230g
455g
0 200794 907898
0 200793 212998
12282010
through
02252011
Famous Foods,
1595 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Cremona
Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese
Variable
weight
UPC begins with
205380
Best before
2011FE02 to
2011MR24
Thrifty Foods # 1
1590 Fairfield Road
Victoria, BC
2011FE03 to
2011MR24
Thrifty Foods # 2
101 - 3995
Quadra Street
Victoria, BC
2011MR07 to
2011MR24
Thrifty Foods # 4
9810 7th Street
Sidney, BC
2011FE02 to
2011MR24
Thrifty Foods # 6
475 Simcoe Street
Victoria, BC
2011FE28 to
2011MR24
Thrifty Foods # 8
1860 Island Highway
Victoria, BC
2011FE22 to
2011MR24
Thrifty Foods # 9
100 - 777
Royal Oak Drive
Victoria, BC
      2011FE28 to
2011MR24
Thrifty Foods # 11
114 Purvis Lane
Saltspring Island, BC
2011FE09 to
2011MR24
Thrifty Foods # 14
7860 Wallace Drive
Saanichton, BC
2011FE01 to
2011MR24
Thrifty Foods # 17
1580 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, BC
2011FE02 to
2011MR24
Thrifty Foods # 21
1626 McKenzie Avenue
Victoria, BC

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.

This recall is associated with the voluntary recall of Cremona Grated Dairy Product by Arla Foods, Toronto, Ontario. 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.

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600