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Food Recall Warning - Yanni and Gopi brand cheese products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Recall date:
September 17, 2015
Reason for recall:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Tree of Life Canada
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:

Recall details

Ottawa, September 17, 2015 - Tree of Life Canada is recalling Yanni and Gopi brand cheese products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Yanni Hand-Braided String Cheese – Olive Oil, Garlic & Herbs 226 g All codes 7 96252 99012 0
Yanni Hand-Braided String Cheese – Original 226 g All codes 7 96252 99011 3
Yanni Hand-Braided String Cheese – Natural Hickory Smoked 226 g All codes 7 96252 99005 2
Yanni Feta Basket 226 g All codes 7 96252 99007 6
Yanni Feta Basket with Sundried Tomato & Thyme 226 g All codes 7 96252 99009 0
Yanni Goat Feta Basket 226 g All codes 7 96252 99008 3
Yanni Grilling Cheese - Jalapeno & spices 226 g All codes 7 96252 99010 6
Yanni Grilling Cheese - Original 226 g All codes 7 96252 99013 7
Gopi Paneer 226 g All codes 7 96252 99006 9

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.


This recall was triggered by a recall in another country. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.


There have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of these products.

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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