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Expanded Health Hazard Alert - Certain COMPLIMENTS brand and SENSATIONS brand salads and in-store prepared foods containing lettuce may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
May 20, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Sobeys Inc.
Distribution:
National
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7184

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 20, 2012 - The public warning issued on May 18, 2012 has been expanded to include new salad products, additional codes of previously recalled salads and national distribution.

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

This is a part of the larger expanded recall of retail and foodservice salads initiated by River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC, California, USA with distribution in Canada.

The following salad products bearing Best Before dates 12MA12 to12MA29 (May 12 to 29, 2012) inclusive, are affected by this alert:

BrandProduct NameSizeUPC
Compliments Garden Supreme 340 g 68820 10627
Compliments Simply Romaine 454 g 68820 10870
Compliments Harvest Romaine 284 g 68820 10871
Compliments American Blend 340 g 68820 10095
Compliments Coleslaw 454 g 68820 10097
Compliments Garden Salad 340 g 68820 12152
Compliments Garden Salad 680 g 68820 12153
Compliments Italian Blend 284 g 68820 10093
Compliments European Blend 284 g 68820 10094
Compliments Caesar Salad Kit 284 g 68820 10866
Compliments Oriental Salad Kit 382 g 68820 10868
Compliments Santa Fe Salad Kit 326 g 68820 10869
Compliments Spring Mix 142 g 68820 10096
Compliments Baby Spinach 284 g 68820 10098
Compliments Balance Caesar Salad Kit 298 g 55742 51045
Compliments Balance Spring Mix White Balsamic Vinaigrette 213 g 55742 51142
Compliments Balance Spinach Honey Dijon Salad Kit 220 g 55742 51141
Sensations Santa Fe Supreme Salad Kit 333 g 22682 10600
Sensations Asian Supreme Salad Kit 220 g 23682 10597
Sensations Caesar Supreme Salad Kit 295 g 23682 10598
Sensations Spinach Supreme Salad Kit 243 g 23682 10599

In addition, in-store produced products containing lettuce such as salads, sandwiches or wraps purchased prior to May 20, 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.

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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