Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 20, 2008 18:27 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Nostrano Brand Genoa Mild Sausage May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2008) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Nostrano Inc. are warning the public not to consume Nostrano brand Genoa Mild Sausage because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Nostrano brand Genoa Mild Sausage, is sold in approximately 325 g packages, with a Best Before date of 09 JL 09, and codes "91009" and "1017".

The product has been distributed in Quebec.

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 CFIA is working with the manufacturer, Nostrano Inc., Montreal, QC, to have the affected product removed 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:

Guy-Bernard Tene, Nostrano Inc. at 514-271-4688 extension 235; or

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:

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Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Fred Jamieson (English)
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Linda LeBlanc (French)
    Nostrano Inc.
    Guy-Bernard Tene
    HACCP Coordinator
    514-271-4688 extension 235