Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 17, 2008 03:37 ET

CFIA: Health Hazard Alert-Sure Slice Brand Roast Beef and Corned Beef May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2008) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Maple Leaf Consumer Foods are warning the public not to serve or consume Sure Slice brand Roast Beef and Corned Beef described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following Sure Slice brand sliced meat products in 1 kg packages are affected by this alert.

1. Sure Slice brand Roast Beef (Product Code 21333), Best Before AU 09.

2. Sure Slice brand Corned Beef (Product Code 21444), Best Before AU 23.

These products have been distributed nationally, primarily to food service institutions such as restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes. In addition, these products may also be sold at deli counters.

There have been no confirmed 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, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods, Burlington, ON, 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 one of the following numbers:

Maple Leaf Consumer Foods at 1-800-568-5801;

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

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/causee.shtml.

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our website at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media enquiries:
    Maple Leaf Foods
    Lynda Kuhn
    Communication & Consumer Affairs
    (416) 963-6159
    or
    Maple Leaf Foods
    Jeanette Jones
    Communications
    (416) 926-2013
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Davendra Sharma (English)
    Office of Food Safety & Recall
    (613) 755-2890
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Linda LeBlanc (French)
    Office of Food Safety & Recall
    (613) 760-4112
    Website: www.inspection.gc.ca