Quebec cheese recalled over possible Listeria risk

Health agencies are warning consumers to avoid a batch of Canotier de l’Isle firm cheese because of potential contamination.

Le Canotier de l’Isle cheese may be contaminated

Le Canotier, made just outside Quebec City, has been recalled for possible Listeria contamination. (Fromagerie Île-aux-Grues)

A case of possible Listeria contamination has triggered a recall of cheese produced in L’Île-aux-Grues, Quebec.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Île-aux-Grues​ agricultural cooperative society are warning the public not to consume a particular type of Le Canotierdel’Isle cheese.

The product is described as a firm, surface ripened cheese that has a production date of Sept. 28, 2012.

Customers who bought cheese cut from a larger piece that was wrapped in smaller packages by the retailer are advised to contact the store they bought it in to see if they’re affected.

The CFIA said food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled.

Symptoms of listeriosis include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are considered to be at higher risk.

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