If you recently purchased Ryki brand gouda cheese slices, immediately dispose of them or return them to the store where you purchased them, as they may be contaminated with Listeria. For this cheese recall, Ontario is the only province where the product was sold. Polish Trade Centre Ltd. recalled this product on July 23, 2019 after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) classified the cheese as a Class 1 hazard. 

The cheese has been distributed throughout Ontario and comes in packages sized 4.76 ounces. The codes found on the product are C29N / 290351.

According to the CFIA's recall statement, food contaminated with Listeria may look and smell completely normal, but is capable of inducing foul reactions in the body. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, intense headaches, and muscle stiffness. In some severe cases, people have been known to die from this contagion. 

Pregnant women infected with Listeria show milder symptoms, but they are at risk of some of the worst consequences, such as premature delivery, infecting the newborn, or even experiencing a stillbirth. 

Below are the photos provided by the CFIA of the product in question:

So far, there have been no reported illnesses. If you think that you may have become sick, visit a doctor immediately. The people at highest risk are those over the age of 60, pregnant women, or people with weakened immune systems. 

About two weeks ago, there was also a Listeria contamination recall in Ontario for bags of Sweet Kale from the Eat Smart brand. This product was also distributed to six other provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

Stay tuned for more products that may be recalled, as the CFIA is now investigating further and making sure that these products are pulled from the marketplace. 

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