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Canadian Parmesan May Contain Listeria

A Toronto, Ontario company has recalled Parmesan cheese products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Arla Foods’s voluntary recall involves Canadian Parmesan and Cremona grated Parmesan cheeses that were distributed to stores in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Product details are available on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Health Hazard Alert website.

There have been no illnesses reported in connection with these products.

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, call 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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