Listeria found in Smith's Snacks

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FOOD Recall Norman's Cove company recalls all products

Smith's Snacks in Norman's Cove is recalling all of their products, after their testing found traces of Listeria monocytogenes in one of their products.

Jason Smith, the general manager of the plant says they are pulling out all the stops to make sure their products aren't a danger to consumers.

Smith's Snacks in Norman's Cove is recalling all of their products, after their testing found traces of Listeria monocytogenes in one of their products.

Jason Smith, the general manager of the plant says they are pulling out all the stops to make sure their products aren't a danger to consumers.

"We stopped production, informed CFIA and started an immediate full recall of our products, knowing full well, we've tested a lot and we know they're good," he says.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency released a recall advisory Friday afternoon.

"We've even recalled our baked goods, which if you ask anyone in the industry, that's almost cracked," Smith says. "We think to make this an effective, good, recall, we're going to say to the customer, If our logo is on it, please give it back."

The warning issued by the CFIA and Smith's Snack Service Ltd. says some Smith's Snacks products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, and the public are warned not to consume them.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the products.

Eating food contaminated with this bacteria may cause Listeriosis, which causes high fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea.

The bacteria in other products has been associated with 17 deaths recently in Canada.

Smith says the company is going through a full cleaning of its production plant, and is testing anything that could possibly be a source of contamination, including incoming material.

It's also retesting the samples that came back positive.

Health Minister Ross Wiseman said Friday food inspection is a federal jurisdiction but public health officials from this province, and others, do assist federal regulators from time-to-time.

Smith says just about everyone in the rural community of Norman's Cove will be involved in the cleaning and testing efforts over the next several days.

The recall will likely have a negative effect on the company's business, Smith says, but he hopes consumers will recognize the company is committed to providing clean products.

nbell@thetelegram.com




RECALLED PRODUCTS

Deli Lean Ham
Blackforest Ham
Breakfast Ham
Turkey Breast Roast
Chicken Breast Roast
Roast Beef
Large Sub
Large Pizza Sub
Twin Pack
Small Sub
Chuckwagon
Pizza Sub
Chicken Sub
Double Burger
Bacon Egg Cheese
Bacon Cheese Dog
Club Sub
Deli Deluxe
Deli Twister
Hungry Human
Turkey Dressing
Turkey
Hot Club
Beef Cheddar
Ham Cheddar
Egg Salad
Chicken Club Twister
Ultimate Club
Apple Turnover
Blackforest Cake
Cherry Cream Cheese Turnover
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency website www.inspection.gc.ca

Organizations: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Snack Service, Apple

Geographic location: Canada

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