Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 05, 2011 03:05 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Tifco Brand Queso Panela Latino Cheese May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2011) - Audio clips available at

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and 3903052 Canada Inc. are warning the public not to consume the cheese products described below because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following Tifco brand Queso Panela (Latino Cheese) products bearing establishment number 1874 are affected by this alert:

Size UPC Lot Number Best Before Date (BBD)
420 g 0 64424 05712 5 102 43 9 DEC 2011
1.38 kg 0 64424 05713 2 103 43 9 DEC 2011

These products have been distributed in Ontario.

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, 3903052 Canada Inc., Boisbriand, Québec, 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:

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 are available at the following link:

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations