Health advisory / Recall of certain Maple Leaf, Shopsy's and Hygrade weiners (09/08/06)
Aug. 6, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The public is advised by the Department of Health that certain brands of Maple Leaf, Shopsy's and Hygrade weiners may contain listeria monocytogenes, and have
been voluntarily recalled by the company. People are advised not to consume the products, and to check their fridges and freezers and dispose of any affected products.
A list of the products and details of the recall may be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's website.
"There have been no reported cases of listeriosis in New Brunswick as a result of consumption of these products," said Dr. Eilish Cleary, chief medical officer of health. "The Department of
Health continues to monitor for new cases."
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is monitoring the recall, and an investigation is ongoing. The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to monitor for cases of listeriosis in Canada.
To minimize the chances of contracting listeriosis (as well as other food-borne illnesses), people are advised to take the following actions at all times, regardless of whether or not a food recall
- check their fridges and freezers, and dispose of any products affected by a food recall;
- read and follow all food package labels and instructions concerning food preparation and storage;
- after handling foods in the kitchen, especially raw foods such as meat and fish, use a kitchen sanitizer to thoroughly clean and sanitize all surfaces used for food preparation (follow the
directions on the container), or use a bleach solution (five ml of household bleach to 750 ml of water), and rinse with water;
- clean all knives, cutting boards and utensils used with raw food before using them again, in order to avoid cross-contamination;
- thoroughly clean fruits and vegetables before you eat them;
- refrigerate or freeze perishable food, prepared food and leftovers within two hours of preparation;
- defrost food in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave, but never at room temperature;
- keep leftovers for a maximum of four days, and reheat them to an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F) before eating them;
- use a thermometer to check the temperature in your refrigerator to make sure that it is at 4°C (40°F) or below. As the storage temperature increases, so does the growth of listeria in food.
The higher the number of bacteria in food, the greater is the risk of getting sick. Also, frequently wash and disinfect the refrigerator. The more often it is cleaned, the less chance there will
be for listeria to be transferred from contaminated food and surfaces to non-contaminated foods; and
- pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems should avoid eating hot dogs straight from the package, and always wash their hands after handling
these meats. Other products to avoid include non-dried deli meats, soft and semi-soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, refrigerated pâté and meat spreads, refrigerated smoked
seafood and fish, and raw or undercooked meat, poultry and fish.
More information on food safety and the health risks of listeria may also be obtained from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website. Consumers without access to the Internet may
contact the agency toll-free at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern daylight time, Monday to Friday).
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.