Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 16, 2010 22:46 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Ham and Cheese Sandwich Prepared by APFL, PEI may Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Atlantic Prepared Food Limited (APFL, Establishment number 514) are warning the public not to consume Ham and Cheese Sandwich described below because this may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected Ham and Cheese Sandwich was packaged in a 185 g package bearing Best Before 10 DE 06; UPC 0 55742 98002 8 and a legend with an establishment number 514. This product is sold in two types of packages. One type is a clear package, the other includes a cardboard sleeve with the caption "Sub Delicious". The size, best before date, UPC and the establishment number that appear on both types of packages can assist consumers identify the affected product.

This product is known to have been distributed in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia and may have been distributed in other Atlantic provinces.

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, APFL, Alberton, PEI 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.

Photos of the products are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/hamandcheese.pdf.

Contact Information

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