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Health Hazard Alert - King James brand Blue Stilton Cheese may contain Listeria Monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
June 7, 2011
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Tree of Life Canada
Distribution:
National
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
6467

Advisory details

Ottawa, June 7, 2011 - The public warning issued on June 3, 2011 has been expanded again to include all lot codes of the affected cheese sold in bulk 8 kg size units.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and The Tree of Life Canada are warning the public not to consume the King James brand Blue Stilton Cheese, product of England, described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

All Lot Codes / Best Before dates of the following King James brand Blue Stilton Cheese, product of England, are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size Lot Code / Best Before Dates
King James Blue Stilton Cheese 8 kg All

However, the bulk cheese is mostly cut and sold at retail/deli counters in random weight packages. The brand name and lot code information of the original bulk cheese may not appear on the individual cut pieces of the cheese. Consumers are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected cheese.

These products have been distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses 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 importer, Tree of Life Canada, Surrey, BC is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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More information

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this 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.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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