Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 08, 2010 19:48 ET

Health Hazard Alert-CFIA Updates List of Sandwich Products Made With Recalled Processed Cheese Slices That May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated the list of affected sandwich products that were made with processed cheese slices recalled by Saputo Inc., Montreal, Quebec on December 02, 2010. The CFIA is warning the public not to consume the food products described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with various manufacturers and retailers to identify and remove all affected sandwich products. As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products.

A list of the new recalled products is available at: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cfia1208.pdf

For a complete list of all affected products, please visit: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2010/2010liste.shtml

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

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.

The manufacturers and retailers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

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.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600