Inspection agency finds Listeria in goat cheese, prompting recall in Canada

Inspection agency finds Listeria in goat cheese, prompting recall in Canada

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Great Lakes Goat Dairy is recalling Great Lakes Goat Dairy brand “Herb & Garlic Goat Cheese” and “Aged Cheddar Goat Cheese” because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

This recall was triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s inspection activities, according to the recall notice posted by the agency.

There is concern that consumers may have the recalled product in their homes because of its long shelf life, which reaches into 2022. Consumers can use the information in the table below to determine whether they have the recalled goat cheese in three possession. The recalled products have been sold in Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The 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.

BrandProductSizeUPCCodes
Great Lakes Goat DairyHerb & Garlic Goat Cheese175 g6 28055 40020 2Best Before
2022 JL12
210411
Great Lakes Goat DairyAged Cheddar Goat Cheese175 g6 28055 40017 2Best Before
2022 JL26
12059

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled goat cheese and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled product should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.

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