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Updated Health Hazard Alert - Certain Igor brand Gorgonzola Cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
July 30, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Berchicci Importing Ltd.
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, Saskatchewan
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, July 30, 2013 - The public warning issued on July 30, 2013 has been updated to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Berchicci Importing Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Igor brand Gorgonzola Cheese described below because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Also affected by this alert are the products below which may have been sold in smaller packages, cut and wrapped by some retailers. Consumers are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected products.

These products have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The importer, Berchicci Importing Ltd., Montreal, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

All lot codes and Best Before dates of the following Igor brand Gorgonzola cheese, product of Italy, are affected by this alert.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC
Igor “Gorgonzola Dolce” 1.5 kg 2443880 XXXXX*
* variable
Igor “Gorgonzola Piccante” 1.5 kg 2219109 XXXXX*
* variable
Igor “Gorgonzola Dolce DOP” 200 g 8 021398 256802

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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