New listeria scare prompts product recall

May 11, 2010 in Nutrition Topics in the News

New listeria scare prompts product recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has once again issued a warning about certain processed meat and cheese products that may be contaminated with listeria, a harmful bacteria that can cause fever, headache, neck stiffness, nausea and even death.

The warning comes after a similar warning was issued earlier this year.

The food inspection agency says there have been no reported illnesses associated with eating the meat or cheese, which is being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, Zadi Foods Ltd.  The range of products being recalled include prosciutto, salami, and provolone cheese and are packaged under a variety of brand names, including Casa Italia, Italfoods and Compliments.

A number of the products were sold at deli counters. Anyone who has purchased the products and doesn't know the brand or best before dates is advised to check with their grocery store.  The products carry various best-before dates and have been distributed nationally.

Health Canada warns that food contaminated with the bacteria may not look or smell spoiled.

For more information on the recall, including product names and best before dates, click here.

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