Listeria recall leads to more investigation
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is doing further investigation at a sandwich plant in western P.E.I. after Listeria bacteria were found in some ham-and-cheese sandwiches.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the sandwiches were made by Atlantic Prepared Food Ltd. in Bloomfield. The sandwiches in question were being sold in P.E.I., Nova Scotia and possibly New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
The sandwiches come in a clear package or under the brand name Sub Delicious. The recalled packages are also labelled with the following:
- UPC code 0 55742 98002 8.
- Establishment number 514.
- 185 g.
- Best before 10DE06.
Garfield Balsom, a food safety and recall specialist with the inspection agency, said the bacteria were found in random samples at the plant, and the investigation is continuing.
"The investigation, of course, involves the production at the plant source and it would involve investigating at various levels and also to determine if any other product may be affected. And if so and if it's distributed, then we would be informing consumers of that."
So far nobody has reported being ill as a result of eating the sandwiches, the agency said.
Atlantic Prepared Food is voluntarily recalling the sandwiches. So far nobody has reported being ill as a result of eating the sandwiches, the agency said.
Robert Moore, general manager of Atlantic Prepared Food, said the plant produced 144 sandwiches that were affected by the recall. But only 48 went out to retail stores. It's not known how many were sold.
"The stores that received the 48 sandwiches have been called and [the sandwiches] removed off the shelves," said Moore.
The plant in Bloomfield continued operations as usual today. But none of the sandwiches will be shipped out until CFIA officials give authorization.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes does not look or smell spoiled. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. It can also cause premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.
- The best before date on the recalled sandwiches is Dec. 6, not Dec. 10 as this story previously reported.Nov 17, 2010 10:11 AM AT