Earlier this week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a food recall for Rosemount brand diced chicken meat, warning Canadians that the product could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Since then, the Government of Canada recall has been updated to include an additional two chicken brands, which are also believed to carry the risk of being contaminated with the dangerous bacteria.
On August 18, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a nation-wide recall of Rosemount diced chicken meat, after the product was found to have a potential Listeria contamination. According to the Government of Canada website, CFIA is now investigating an outbreak of Listeria infections in three different provinces: B.C., Manitoba and Ontario. The news release from CFIA confirmed that it is possible the outbreak is nationwide.
As of August 23, there have been seven confirmed cases of Listeria monocytogenes illness in the three provinces. According to the release, the individuals became sick between November 2017 and June 2019. Six people have since been hospitalized.
According to the recall, the chicken brands were not only distributed in stores, but also sold to hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, and nursing homes. Businesses and members of the public alike are being warned to dispose of or return any of the products listed immediately.
On August 23, the official food recall warning was updated by CFIA to include an additional three products, that are also believed to be potentially contaminated with Listeria. According to a news release, the new products were identified during CFIA’s food safety investigation.
The CFIA recall now includes the following products:
Rosemount brand "cooked diced chicken meat 13mm ½” (#16305), packdate 01/21/2019.
Reuven International Ltd brand “Natural Proportion Cooked Chicken Meat” (Diced) (#15307), packdate 01/21/19.
Reuven International Ltd brand “Natural Proportion Cooked Chicken Meat” (Diced) (#15807), packdate 01/21/19.
Sysco brand “Natural Proportions Cooked Shredded Chicken” (#15885), packdate 01/21/19.
According to the release, foods that are contaminated with Listeria may look, smell and taste normal. CFIA explains that, unlike most bacteria, Listeria can survive and sometimes grow on foods being stored in the refrigerator. For more detailed information on how to protect your health, you can visit the Government of Canada website.
Listeria symptoms to be aware of include fever, nausea cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, constipation, and muscle aches. In more serious cases, the bacteria can spread to the nervous system and cause confusion, loss of balance, and severe headaches.
If you suspect you may have come into contact with a product contaminated with Listeria, CFIA recommends that you contact a doctor immediately.
If you think you have any of the recalled chicken products at home, you should throw them out or return them to the location where they were purchased.