Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

July 27, 2005 19:57 ET

HEALTH HAZARD ALERT

LA FROMAGERIE BOIVIN SPREADABLE PROCESSED CHEDDAR CHEESE MAY CONTAIN DANGEROUS BACTERIA Attention: Food/Beverage Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - July 27, 2005) - OTTAWA, July 27, 2005 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and La Fromagerie Boivin are warning the public not to consume La Fromagerie Boivin Spreadable Processed Cheddar Cheese because the product may be contaminated with the bacteria responsible for botulism, a foodborne illness in humans.

The affected product, La Fromagerie Boivin Spreadable Processed Cheddar Cheese is sold in a 400 g package bearing UPC 6 21879 00750 3. All codes of this product is affected by the alert.

La Fromagerie Boivin, La Baie, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The affected product has been distributed in Quebec.

Botulism is a life-threatening illness caused by the build-up of toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Food contaminated with C. botulinum may not look or smell spoiled. The product should not be consumed by humans or animals. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Fromagerie Boivin, Mr. Luc Boivin, 418-544-2622 ext.12;

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time - Monday to Friday.

For Food Safety Facts on Botulism, visit our web site at:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/foodfacts/botulisme.shtml

For information on receiving recalls by electronic mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

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/For further information: For more information, to speak with a food safety spokesperson, or to arrange a media interview, you can contact:Linda Leblanc, Office of Food Safety and Recall
(613) 760-4112

Atlantic
Noëlla LeBlanc 506-851-3331

Ontario
Margaret Boyd 519-826-2915

Quebec
Jean-François Bolduc 514-283-3815 (253)

West
Ruth Anne Partridge 403-292-6733

or Media Relations in Ottawa at (613) 228-6682/ IN: FOOD, HEALTH

Contact Information

  • Media Relations, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Primary Phone: 613-228-6682