Ottawa, October 5, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Reser's Fine Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain Reser's Fine Foods brand Cheesy Macaroni Salad, described below, because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
These products have been distributed in Walmart stores located in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and nationally in Loblaw banner stores.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
The manufacturer, Reser's Fine Foods Inc., Beaverton, Oregon, USA, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
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.