Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

February 26, 2013 01:42 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Certain Mauri Brand Gorgonzola May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2013) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Arla Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Mauri brand Gorgonzola cheese, product of Italy, described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code on Product Additional Info
Mauri Gorgonzola Approximately
1.44 kg
L. 3100012 « PACKAGING DATE; DATE DE PRODUTION 07/01/13 »
« BEST BEFORE A CONSOMMER DE PREFERENCE AVANT LE 07/04/13»

This product has been distributed in Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and 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 these 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 importer, Arla Foods Inc., Concord, 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:

Carl Choueiri of Arla Foods Inc. at 905-669-9393 Ext. 438;

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

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Carl Choueiri
    Arla Foods Inc.
    905-669-9393 Ext. 438

    CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600