Italian blend salad mix may contain listeria

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume specific packages of Compliments brand Italian blend salad mix because the product may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.
The affected product is sold in 284 g (10 oz.) packages bearing UPC 68820 10093 and a best before date of January 18, 2010.
The CFIA says the product has been distributed in Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, but to date there have been no reported illnesses associated with it.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled, but consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness which 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, but infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.
The importer, Sobeys Inc., in Mississauga Ont., is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
More information on listeria monocytogenes can be found on the CFIA website 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.

Organizations: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Sobeys Inc.

Geographic location: Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec New Brunswick Nova Scotia Newfoundland and Labrador Mississauga

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