Gaton’s Foods Dairy has expanded its recall of certain Nature’s Best and Zavat Chalavfrom brand cheeses from the marketplace because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recalled products have been sold in Ontario and Quebec, Canada and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories, according to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Recalled products:

Nature’s BestShredded Cheese Cheddar800 g(3 x 267 g)6 80852 00122 822084Best Before:2023/01/20
Nature’s BestShredded Cheese Cheddar Mozzarella800 g(3 x 267 g)6 80852 00187 79921463Best Before:2023/01/21
Nature’s BestSliced Cheese Cheddar170 g6 80852 00202 722111Best Before:23/01/20
Zavat ChalavShredded Cheese Mozzarella800 g6 80852 91044 522120Best Before:2023/01/20
Zavat ChalavShredded Cheese Cheddar & Mozz800 g6 80852 91045 29921463Best Before2023/01/21
Zavat ChalavSliced CheeseCheddar Thins150 g6 80852 91086 522111Best Before:23/01/20

As of the posting of this recall, there have been no illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Consumers should check to see if they have the recalled products. They should not consume, serve, use, sell or distribute recalled products. The recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

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 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 products 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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