Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

July 05, 2012 03:22 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain St-Fidele Brand Cheese Curds May Contain a Toxin Produced by Staphylococcus Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 5, 2012) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Fromagerie St-Fidèle Inc. are warning the public not to consume the St-Fidèle brand cheese curds described below because they may be contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin.

The following St-Fidèle brand products are affected by this alert:

Product Size UPC Codes Best Before date
Cheddar Cheese (package contains cheese curds) Variable None 3959
Made on
12JUN19 or
12JUN20
12JUL19 or 12JUL20
Cheddar Cheese (package contains BBQ-flavoured cheese curds) Variable None 3959
Made on
12JUN19 or
12JUN20
12JUL19 or 12JUL20
Cheddar Cheese Curd 85 g 0 55038 06020 5 3959
Made on
12JUN20
12JUL20
Cheddar Cheese Curd 200 g 0 55038 06022 9 3959
Made on
12JUN20
12JUL20
Cheddar Cheese Curd 400 g 0 55038 06021 2 3959
Made on
12JUN20
12JUL20
Cheddar Cheese Curd 2.5 kg None 3959
Made on
12JUN20
12JUL20

These products have been distributed in Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled. The toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. In severe cases, headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur.

The manufacturer, Fromagerie St-Fidèle Inc., La Malbaie, Quebec, 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 one of the following numbers:

Fromagerie St-Fidèle Inc. at 1-866-934-2220;

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 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

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600