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Canadian Cole Slaw Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that Roy Pope and Sons of Belleisle Creek, New Brunswick, is recalling Belleisle Farms brand cole slaw.

The product comes in 227-gram packages (about 8 ounces), with a best-before date of Aug. 19 and UPC 0 33383 65260 3, and was distributed in the Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).

Anyone who has this product should throw it out or return it to the store where purchased, CFIA officials said, adding that to date there are no reported illnesses linked to eating this cole slaw.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. 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, it can be fatal.

CFIA  is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings. Meanwhile, CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

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