Okanagan's Choice Cheese brand Shredded Cheese Products recalled due to Listeria

Starting date:
March 13, 2014
Type of communication:
Recall
Alert sub-type:
Food Recall Warning
Subcategory:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Castle Cheese Inc.
Distribution:
National
Extent of the product distribution:
Retail, Hotel/Restaurant/Institutional
CFIA reference number:
8682

Advisory details

Ottawa, March 13, 2014 - Castle Cheese Inc. is recalling Okanagan's Choice Cheese brand shredded cheese products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

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.

Who is affected

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

Background

This recall was triggered by the company. 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.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC Additional info
Okanagan's Choice Cheese Nacho Blend - Cheddar, Mozzarella Shredded Cheese 200 g Best Before 15JA13 0 59756 08208 2
Okanagan's Choice Cheese Shredded Cheddar Cheese 200 g Best Before 15JA13 0 59756 08008 8
Okanagan's Choice Cheese Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 200 g Best Before 15JA20 0 59756 08108 5
Okanagan's Choice Cheese Shredded Parmesan Cheese 175 g Best Before 15JA20 0 59756 07210 6
Various All shredded cheese products Various weights 14JL08, 14JL13, 14JL15, 14JL20, 14JL21, 14JL22, 14AU03, 15JA13 and/or 15JA28 Various Sold only to hotels, restaurants and institutions.

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