Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 01, 2011 21:15 ET

Health Hazard Alert/CFIA: Certain Grated Cheese Product With Parmesan May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the grated cheese product with Parmesan described below, because this product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following product is affected by this alert. 

Name   Size   UPC   Code   Store
Grated cheese
product with
Parmesan
  Various
weights
  UPC begins with
200256
  Best before dates
2011FE25
through
2011MR28
(Sold between
November 25 &
December 25,
2010).
  TW Foods
137 Main St E.
North Bay, Ontario

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.

This recall is associated with the voluntary recall of Cremona Grated Dairy Product by Arla Foods Inc., Concord, Ontario. 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 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.

A photo of the product is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cfia-0301.JPG

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600