MAPAQ Reports a Foodborne Outbreak Deschambault-Grondines

Listeria monocytogenes in cheese

Quebec, September 27, 2012 – The MAPAQ, in collaboration with  Grondines Cheese, located at 274 East 2nd Rank in Deschambault-Grondines, is advising consumers who have in their possession cheese Grand 2, sold only at the service counter of the company, not to eat because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes .

The operator is voluntarily recalling the product and has agreed with MAPAQ to disseminate this warning as a precaution.

The product that is the subject of this warning was sold in variable weight formats and includes a packing date prior to September 21, 2012 .

So far, only one case of disease has been reported in relation to the possible consumption of this cheese.

Even if the product does not show evidence of tampering or smell spoiled, microbiological analysis revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, which is a health risk when the product is consumed. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness that can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly, children and people with weakened immune systems are considered most at risk.

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