The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the Food Inspection Division of the City of Montreal and the National Herring Import Company Ltd., is recalling LA Boucanerie “smoked trout spread” because of possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The company is advising the public not to consume the product. 

The recalled product:

Product name Format Targeted lot
“Smoked trout spread” 160 g Units sold bearing the use-by date (“best before”) of September 14, 2020

This product was available for sale locations across the province of Quebec. It was packaged in a clear plastic container with a black plastic lid and was sold refrigerated. The label includes, in addition to the proper name of the product, the words “LA BOUCANERIE”.

The company is voluntarily recalling the product in question. They agreed with the MAPAQ and the Food Inspection Division of the City of Montreal to release this notice as a precautionary measure. So far there have been no illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The full recall can be viewed here.

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled product should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.

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