Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 20, 2007 15:21 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert-Viandes Surfines Chopped Ham May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2007) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Les Viandes Surfines Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Viandes Surfines Chopped Ham described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Viandes Surfines Chopped Ham, is sold in a 250 g package bearing UPC 0 73493 19576 8 and the Best Before date 07OC13. This product has been distributed in Quebec.

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.

Les Viandes Surfines Inc., Saint-Augustin, Quebec, 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 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 web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Fred Jamieson (English)
    613-760-4376
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Linda LeBlanc (French)
    613-760-4112