Health advisory / Recall of certain Maple Leaf, Shopsy's and Hygrade weiners (09/08/06)

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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 exists:

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.