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Listeria Fears Prompt Cheese Recall in Ontario

A cheesemaker in Ontario is recalling cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. of Picton, Ontario is voluntarily recalling its Rose Haus Cave Aged Washed Rind Cheese and with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume it.

The Rose Haus Cave Aged Washed Rind Cheese is sold in 200 g packages bearing Lot Code 400411. All Best Before dates are affected by this alert. It was distributed in Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause listeriosis, a food borne 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.

The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

— Petra Kasun Mutch, 613-476-5755, Petrac@fifthtown.ca

— CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday).

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  • Gustaaf van der Feltz

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Re: An approved processing aid against Listeria
    Today I read your article about a cheesemaker in Ontario recalled teyr cheese thar were likely contminated with Listeria. I hope – with you – this recall was in time and consumers did not eat the product and got the deadly listeriosis.
    I am writing to you because I am a former listeriosis patient. Luckily I had a strong enough immune system so I did not die, but I was very, very sick!
    I gather you do not know of the product called LISTEX. Listex is a safe (FDA approved as GRAS = Generally Recognised as Safe) phage preparation produced by the Dutch company EBI Food Safety in Wageningen. It is also approved as a processing aid by Health Canada and in many other countries. It is a natural and relatively inexpensive product, much cheaper than destructing a great lot of good product or having to worry night and day about possible product contaminations with Listeria or the bad reputation the producer can get in their business. A great amount of advertising money down the drain! Above that a lot of investing to save your revenue!
    EBI Food Safety’s website is: http://www.ebifoodsafety.com . In my view it is worthwhile to contact them. They are working worldwide. On the site you will see how it works. The product can also be used on all organic products (OMRI listed), it is effective against only Listeria (leaving even the ‘good’ bacteria in place), and has no effect on any other food properties (color, odor, texture, taste).
    It could also be valuable for your company to use Listex P100, because it is an approved and effective measure against Listeria monocytogenes and every food producer can use it. Because of the high risk associated with Listeria, if one does not take measures against it, one could expose themself to liability. Sadly, more than 20 deaths in Canada underscore this!
    Listex is very well known in the food business, it was honoured with the gold award of the Food Ingredients Europe.
    Contacting EBI Food Safety can mean the salvage of the company. And also can save many deaths and illnesses like mine!
    To be precise: I am NOT on the pay list of EBI Food Safety, I am just working to ban the Listeria bacteria. I do not want other people to suffer from listeriose like I did.
    Gustaaf van der Feltz
    ( g.van.der.feltz@ziggo.nl )