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Health Hazard Alert - Certain Ballarini brand Gorgonzola cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes
Ottawa, August 2, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Jan K Overweel Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Ballarini brand Gorgonzola cheese products described below because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Also affected by this alert are the below products 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.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
The importer, Jan K Overweel Ltd., Woodbridge, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
Code(s) on Product
Gorgonzola D.O.P. Cremaverde
4 x 1.5 kg (Random weight)
Best Before: 2013/10/17
Best Before: 2013/11/16
Gorgonzola Dolce DOP
Best Before: 2013/09/04
Best Before: 2013/10/08
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.