Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 08, 2013 17:35 ET

Updated Health Hazard Alert: Certain Ballarini Brand Gorgonzola Cheese May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 8, 2013) - The public warning issued on August 2, 2013 has been updated to include additional Best Before date codes of the affected product.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Jan K Overweel Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Ballarini brand Gorgonzola cheese products described below because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following Ballarini brand Gorgonzola cheese, product of Italy, is affected
by this alert.

Brand Product Size UPC Code / Best Before date
Ballarini Gorgonzola D.O.P. Cremaverde 4 x 1.5 kg
(Random weight)
Starts with
JKO Code: ZAN03012
Best Before dates:
2013/09/19 - PO# 28063
2013/09/06 - PO# 27951
2013/08/15 - PO# 27678

Also affected by this alert are the above products which may have been sold in smaller packages, cut and wrapped by some retailers. Consumers are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected products.

These products have been distributed nationally.

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 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 importer, Jan K Overweel Ltd., Woodbridge, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Jan K Overweel Ltd. at 905-850-9010; or

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:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

Contact Information

  • Media enquiries:
    Jan K Overweel Ltd.

    CFIA Media Relations