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Cheeses recalled in Canada triggered by Listeria outbreak investigation

Le Fromage au Village Inc. is recalling various brands of surface-ripened soft and semi-soft cheeses because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recalled products have been sold in Ontario and Quebec, Canada, online and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

This recall was triggered by findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak.

There have been reported illnesses that may be associated with the consumption of these products. Further lab testing is underway to confirm the link.

Recalled products:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
La Vache à Maillotte Mélo-Dieux – Surface-ripened soft cheese Approx. 275 g None R594R602R613
Le Fromage au Village Angelus – Soft surface ripened cheese Approx. 200 g 6 73536 02012 7 R603R604R607R611R614R617R619R622
Le Fromage au Village Le Casimir – Soft surface ripened cheese Approx. 200 g None R608
Le Fromage au Village Le Cendré de Notre-Dame – Semi-soft surface-ripened cheese Approx. 150 g None R605R606R610R612R618R621R623

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.

Consumers should check to see if they have recalled products. They should not consume, use, sell, serve or distribute recalled products. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

About Listeria infections

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled product and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop. 

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses. 

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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