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Published On: Tue, Feb 26th, 2013

Canada: Italian Gorgonzola cheese recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

Concord, Ontario food importer, Arla Foods Inc., has voluntarily recalled  Mauri brand Gorgonzola cheese, imported from Italy, due to the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) health hazard alert Feb. 25.

 Mauri brand Gorgonzola cheese Image/CFIA

Mauri brand Gorgonzola cheese
Image/CFIA

The recalled cheese is sold in package of approximately 1.44 kilograms, has a packaging date of Jan. 7, 2013 and a best-before date of Apr. 7, 2013.

The affected product was distributed to Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.

The CFIA reports that there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem. . The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. 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 consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Carl Choueiri of Arla Foods Inc. at 905-669-9393 Ext. 438; CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

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