Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 23, 2009 21:24 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Shefa Brand Beef Salami May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Shefa Meats are warning the public not to consume Shefa brand Beef Salami because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Shefa brand beef salami, is sold in 750 g packages, bearing lot code 2831, UPC 8 13217 00179 7, and a Best Before date of Jun2 09.

This product has been distributed in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

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, Shefa Meats, Toronto, ON, 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 one of the following numbers:

Ben-Zion Dubinsky (Shefa Meats) at 416-783-1293; or,

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:

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Contact Information

  • Shefa Meats
    Ben-Zion Dubinsky
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Karl Probst (English)
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Linda LeBlanc (French)