Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

January 09, 2015 21:58 ET

Updated Food Recall Warning: Granny Smith Apples and Gala Apples From Bidart Bros. Recalled due to Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 9, 2015) -

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The food recall warning issued on January 8, 2015 has been updated to include additional information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Industry is recalling Granny Smith apples and Gala apples exported by Bidart Bros. in the United States (US) from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Identified importers of the recalled products include Beauvais Ltee., Courchesne Larose, Coosemans Montreal Inc. and Fruits et Légumes Gaétan Bono Inc. Consumers should not consume and retailers, restaurants and institutions should not sell or use the recalled products described below.

The following products have been sold in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Recalled products

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Big B Granny Smith Apples* All None All production in 2014
Big B Gala Apples* All None All production in 2014
Granny's Best Granny Smith Apples* All None All production in 2014

*Only apples exported by Bidart Bros. are affected by this recall. Recalled products may have been sold under other brand names besides the one identified or without a brand name at all, such as in bulk. These products have been sold from cash and carry locations. If you are unsure as to whether products are included in this recall, contact the location where they were purchased.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased. If you are unsure as to whether products are included in this recall, contact the location where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

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Background

This recall was triggered by a recall initiated by the US producer which may be related to a foodborne illness outbreak. The CFIA is working with its federal partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada, and the United States Food and Drug Administration and is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Illnesses

PHAC is monitoring the US outbreak investigation. For more information see the Public Health Notice issued by PHAC dated December 28, 2014.

More information

• CFIA: www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus

Contact Information

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