Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 17, 2012 01:06 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Ponderosa Mushrooms Brand Sliced Lobster Mushrooms May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2012) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ponderosa Mushrooms & Specialty Foods are warning the public not to consume the sliced Lobster Mushrooms described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Ponderosa Mushrooms brand sliced Lobster mushrooms, is sold in 100 g (3.5 oz) packages. The package bears the UPC 8 87588 60302 7 and the code 12255103.

This product was sold from one store, Urban Fare, 177 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC.

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, Ponderosa Mushrooms & Specialty Foods, Port Coquitlam, BC, 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

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