The public should not consume the Siena brand mild Cacciatore Salami described below because this product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

At the same time, Toronto-based Siena Foods issued a recall for the following Siena brand meat product affected by the government’s alert:

Cacciatore Salami, in variable weight packages without any product code.  Best before date is 2010 MA 04.

The Siena Salami was distributed in Ontario and Quebec, and from there it may be distributed throughout Canada.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with this warning and the recall.

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.

The manufacturer, Siena Foods Ltd., Toronto, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected product 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:

Siena Foods Ltd. at 1-800-465-0422

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342  or (TTY) 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern time, Monday to Friday).