Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

June 21, 2013 00:02 ET

Health Hazard Alert-Certain Okanagan's Choice Cheese Brand Chipped Parmesan Cheese May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 21, 2013) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Castle Cheese (West) Inc., are warning the public not to consume the Okanagan's Choice Cheese brand Chipped Parmesan Cheese described below because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following product is affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Best Before
Okanagan's Choice
Chipped Parmesan
175 g 0 59756 07314 1 14 JN 11

This product was sold from the following retail locations in British Columbia and Manitoba:

  1. New Apple Farm Market Ltd., 2856 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC
  2. Food Fare #1, 905 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB

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 manufacturer, Castle Cheese (West) Inc., Lumby, BC, 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 contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page at:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

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Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations