Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 01, 2011 01:14 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain True Leaf Farms Brand Bagged, Chopped Romaine May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2011) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the True Leaf Farms brand bagged, Chopped Romaine described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, True Leaf Farms brand Chopped Romaine, product of USA, is sold in 6 x 2 lb. bags bearing MFC codes A256-46452-8, B256-46454-8, and B256-46438-8 and Best Before date 09/29/11.

This product has been distributed to food service accounts in Calgary and Edmonton.

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 importer, Northern Lights Produce Network Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta, 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:
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

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600