Certain Reser's Fine Foods brand cheesy macaroni salad may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Starting date:
October 5, 2013
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Health Hazard Alert
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Reser's Fine Foods Inc.
Extent of the product distribution:
CFIA reference number:

Advisory details

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.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC
Reser's Fine Foods Cheesy Macaroni Salad 454 g 2013 OC 20 0 71117 18241 5
Reser's Fine Foods Cheesy Macaroni Salad 1.25 kg 2013 OC 20 0 71117 61227 1


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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.