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Health Hazard Alert - Certain COMPLIMENTS brand salads and prepared foods may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
May 18, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Sobeys Inc.
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7181

Advisory details

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sobeys Inc. are warning the public not to consume Compliments brand salads and prepared foods described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Ottawa, May 18, 2012 - The following Compliments salads, product of USA, are affected by this alert.

Product NameSizeUPCBest Before dates
Compliments Garden Supreme 340 g 68820 10627 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments Simply Romaine 454 g 68820 10870 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments Harvest Romaine 284 g 68820 10871 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments American Blend 340 g 68820 10095 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments Coleslaw 454 g 68820 10097 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments Garden Salad 340 g 68820 12152 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments Garden Salad 680 g 68820 12153 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)

In addition, in store produced products containing lettuce such as salads, sandwiches or wraps purchased prior to May 19, 2012 from IGA and Sobeys stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Sobeys, Price Chopper, or Foodland stores in Ontario should be discarded and not consumed. These clerk-served foods contain lettuce which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

These products have been distributed nationally, except the province of Quebec.

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 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.

The importer, Sobeys Inc., Mississauga, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information consumers and industry can call the 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).

For information on Listeria monocytogenes, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://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.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

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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.

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