Food Investigation Response Manual
Appendix 5C - Food Recall Warning – Listeria monocytogenes

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[DRAFT] Food Recall Warning

(Product) recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

OTTAWA, (Date) – (Company) is recalling (product) from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product(s) described below.

[Or when the company/importer cannot be named]

Industry is recalling (product) from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product(s) described below.

The following product(s) (has/have) been sold in (province(s) of distribution).

Recalled product(s)

Brand Product Size UPC Codes

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Background

This recall was triggered by (the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) inspection activities/ Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results/ a consumer complaint/ a recall in another country/ findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak/ the company). The (CFIA/ Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of (this/these) product(s).

[or when there is illness]

There (has been one reported illness/have been reported illnesses) associated with the consumption of (this/these) product(s).

More information

  • (Company name) : (Company contact information)
  • CFIA: www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus

Media enquiries

CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600

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