Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 04, 2012 23:57 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Popcorn Indiana Brand Popcorn Products May Contain Listeria monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2012) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Popcorn Indiana brand popcorn products described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following Popcorn Indiana brand popcorn products, imported from the USA, are affected by this alert:

Product Size UPC Best By date
Aged White Cheddar Popcorn 255 g 8 43571 00078 5 18/FEB/2013
Aged White Cheddar Popcorn 225 g 8 43571 00078 5 25/FEB/2013

These products were distributed in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces.

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 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 importer, UNFI Canada Inc. is voluntarily recalling the affected products 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.

Contact Information

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    CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600