Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

July 18, 2013 22:59 ET

Updated Health Hazard Alert-Certain Il Villaggio Brand Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese May Contain Listeria monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 18, 2013) -

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The public warning issued on July 15, 2013 has been updated to include additional product codes.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Agropur are warning the public not to consume the Il Villaggio brand Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese described below because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Il Villaggio brand Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese, imported from Italy, is sold in a 150 g package bearing UPC 67400 01454 9.

The following additional Best Before dates / Lot # are affected by this updated alert:

Best Before date Lot #
13OC01 L011013149
13SE24 L240913142
13SE16 L160913134
13SE09 L090913127
13AU26 L260813113
13AU19 L190813106
13AU13 L130813100
13AU05 L050813092
13JL24 L240713080
13JL17 L170713078

This product has been distributed nationally.

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 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, Agropur, St-Hubert, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Agropur Cheese and Ingredients Division

Fine Cheese Business Unit

Customer service: 1-450-443-4838 or 1-800-668-0806; 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:

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