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Health Hazard Alert - Certain Okanagan's Choice Cheese brand Chipped Parmesan Cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
June 20, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Castle Cheese (West) Inc.
British Columbia, Manitoba
Extent of the distribution:
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Advisory details

Ottawa, June 20, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Castle Cheese (West) Inc., are warning the public not to consume the Okanagan’s Choice Cheese brand Chipped Parmesan Cheese described below because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This product was sold from the following retail locations in British Columbia and Manitoba:

  1. New Apple Farm Market Ltd., 2856 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC
  2. Food Fare #1, 905 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The manufacturer, Castle Cheese (West) Inc., Lumby, BC, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC Additional Info
Okanagan's Choice Cheese Chipped Parmesan Cheese 175 g 0 59756 07314 1 Best Before
14 JN 11

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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