March 01, 2013 at 22:37 PM EST
Updated Health Hazard Alert: Certain Mauri Brand Gorgonzola May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/01/13 -- The public warning issued on February 25, 2013 has been updated to include additional Best Before date codes of the product.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Arla Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Mauri brand Gorgonzola cheese, product of Italy, described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


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Brand                    Common             Size             Best
Name                       Name                       Before date
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Mauri                Gorgonzola    Approximately       13/04/13 &
                                          1.5 kg         21/04/13
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This product has been distributed in Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The importer, Arla Foods Inc., Concord, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Carl Choueiri of Arla Foods Inc. at 905-669-9393 Ext. 438;

Christine Picheca, Jesson and Company Communications Inc., at 416 992 1092 or 416 323 7828.

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Listeria monocytogenes, visit the Food Facts web page at:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/listeriae.shtml.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contacts:
Carl Choueiri
Arla Foods Inc.
905-669-9393 Ext. 438

Christine Picheca
Jesson and Company Communications Inc.
416 992 1092 or 416 323 7828

CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600

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