Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 07, 2009 02:47 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert-St. John's Brand Fresh Cheese May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2009) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Portuguese Cheese Co. are warning the public not to consume St. John's Brand Fresh Cheese described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, St. John's Brand Fresh Cheese, is sold in a 500 g package bearing UPC 0 68168 00071 3, lot code 147 and Best Before date 09MR09 (March 9, 2009).

The affected product has been distributed in 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 bacterium may cause listeriosis, a food borne 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, Portuguese Cheese Co., 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 the following number:

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

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Shashi Kulkarni (English)
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Operations Coordination - Quebec Area
    Jean-Louis Michaud (French)