Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 21, 2010 05:01 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain L. Fortin Ready-to-Eat Sliced Meats may Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Charcuterie L. Fortin Limitée (Establishment # 288) are warning the public not to consume certain ready-to-eat meats described below because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following L. Fortin ready-to-eat sliced meats, bearing Establishment number 288, are affected by this alert:

BRAND Product UPC Size Lot Code Best Before Date
L'Ancien LEAN cooked ham old Fashioned variable variable 32811 2010NO12
L'Ancien "Cooked HAM old fashioned with is fat" variable variable 32811 2010NO12
Le Doyen SMOKED ham "OLD FASHION" variable variable 42782 2010NO12
Le Boréal SMOKED ham "BLACK FOREST" variable variable 42851

These products have been distributed in Quebec.

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, Charcuterie L. Fortin Limitée, of Alma, 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:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

Photos of the products will be available on the CFIA website.

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