The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Montreal-based Olymel S.E.C. are warning the public not to consume certain processed ham and other meat products because may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Olymel has initiated a recall.
Products involved were packaged under the Olymel, Royal, Lafleur, and Roma brands. The lot number for all the recalled products is 9329 and Best Before dates run from Jan. 6 to 17, 2010.
At risk are cooked hams, mock-chicken meat loaf, bologna and mock chicken meat loaf, chopped cooked ham and mock chicken meat loaf, and pepperoni family pack.
These products have been distributed in Ontario and Quebec.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these 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.
Olymel, the manufacturer for all the brands, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers: Olymel S.E.C. at 514-858-9000; CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).© Food Safety News