Expanded Health Hazard Alert! CFIA

EXPANDED HEALTH HAZARD ALERT

CERTAIN CHEESE AND DAIRY PRODUCTS PRODUCED BYEST. 1874 MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

Related alerts: 2011-12-17 | 2011-12-13 | 2011-11-24 | 2011-11-23 | 2011-11-22 |2011-11-11

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OTTAWA, December 17, 2011 – The public warning issued on December 13 2011 has been expanded to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and 3903052 Canada Inc. are warning the public not to consume the cheese and dairy products described below because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following cheese products, bearing establishment number 1874, and any Best Before dates up to and including those listed below, are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Last Best Before Date
Bio-Life Adigeisky Cheese 300-400 g 7 78546 07000 8 16 DEC 2011
Bio-Life “Epebah – Fromage Armenian Brinza” 300-400 g 7 78546 19000 3 19 OCT 2011
Bio-Life Erevan (Istanbuli) 300-400 g None 29 OCT 2011
Bio-Life Suluguni Cheese 300-400 g 7 78546 11000 1 04 JAN 2012
Fromagerie Marie Kadé Bâtonnet Riviera 250 g 7 78546 14250 7 15 FEB 2012
Fromagerie Marie Kadé Bâtonnet Riviera 1 kg 7 78546 14001 5 15 FEB 2012
Fromagerie Marie Kadé Moumtaza 350 g None None – Packaged on 11NOV 11
Fromagerie Marie Kadé Santa Maria – Fresh Cheese 250 – 350 g 7 78546 20000 9 26 DEC 2011
TIFCO Queso Fresco 500 g None 04 MAY 2012
None Oaxaca 400-500 g None 30 NOV 2011

The following dairy products, bearing establishment number 1874, and any Best Before dates up to and including those listed below, are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Last Best Before Date
Bio-Life Kefir 1% L 7 78546 03401 7 09 DEC 2011
Bio-Life Kefir 2.5 % L 7 78546 03402 4 09 DEC 2011
Bio-Life Kefir 2.5 % Probiotic L 7 78546 03402 4 09 DEC 2011
Bio-Life Kefir 3.25 % Probiotic L 7 78546 03403 1 09 DEC 2011
Bio-Life Plain Yogurt 750 g 7 78546 35753 6 16 DEC 2011
Bio-Life Ryazhenka 2.5 % L 7 78546 34041 5 09 DEC 2011
Bio-Life Toplenoe Maslo lb(454 g) None None – Production date
26 MAR 2011
Fromagerie Marie Kadé Yogurt 3.25 % 750 g 7 78546 35753 16 DEC 2011

These products have been distributed in Quebec and Ontario. These products may also have been distributed to other provinces.

There has been one reported illness 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 manufacturer, 3903052 Canada Inc., Boisbriand, 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 monocytogenesvisit the Food Facts web page at:http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/listeriae.shtml.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA’s Food Recall Report at:http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit:www.foodsafety.gc.caFood and consumer product recalls are also available athttp://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

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