CANADA: Health hazard alert - certain ready-to-eat deli meats may contain Listeria monocytogenes
Posted: August 26th, 2009 - 2:39pm
OTTAWA -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Delstar Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume the ready-to-eat deli meats described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The following ready-to-eat deli meats bearing Establishment number 308 are affected by this alert.
Best Before Date
Smoked Beef Eye of the Round Pastrami
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Smoked Beef Eye of Round
Smoked Beef Eye of Round Club Pack
Pastrami Smoked Beef Round Club Pack
These products have been distributed in Québec.
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.
Delstar Foods Inc. of Montréal, Québec 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 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/causee.shtml.
For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.