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FOOD RECALL

- Institutions and Residents Urged to Check for Recalled Food Product -

As part of a national food recall of pre-packaged salads and greens, the local health unit is contacting institutions that serve food to vulnerable populations (hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, child care centres), restaurants and grocery stores to check for recalled products.

On January 22, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a recall for salad products manufactured by Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. at its Springfield, Ohio plant due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall includes Dole brand items as well as items sold under other brand names. These products can be identified by letter the "A" at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package. The full list of recalled products can be found on the CFIA website.

Public Health Inspectors with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit have been contacting local restaurants, retail outlets, and organizations that serve food to ensure they do not use the recalled products. Any operators that still have the recalled products are being told to throw it out or contact their supplier to return the product.

“Most of the local operators we have contacted have been aware of the food recall and have disposed of any recalled products,” says Richard Ovcharovich, Manager, Environmental Health for the HKPR District Health Unit.

Ovcharovich and his staff are also encouraging area residents to check their fridges for the recalled products and either discard them, or return them to the location where the product was purchased.

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can be found in food, soil, plants, sewage and other places in nature. Eating food with Listeria on it can cause a serious disease, called listeriosis, in high-risk groups. While the overall risk to Canadians is low, some people face a higher risk of becoming sick with Listeria than others. Those who are at highest risk of serious illness include pregnant women and their unborn/newborn children, adults 65 and over, and people with weakened immune systems. High-risk individuals should not consume the recalled products.

Currently, there are seven (7) cases of Listeria monocytogenes in five provinces related to this outbreak: Ontario (3), Quebec (1), New Brunswick (1), Prince Edward Island (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). Individuals became sick between September 2015 and early January 2016.

If someone suspects they have become ill after eating one of the recalled products, they are encouraged to contact their health care provider for more information.

Information about food recalls, boil water advisories, and restaurant closures can be found on the Health Unit’s website at www.hkpr.on.ca in the Alerts Section under Environments.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Richard Ovcharovich, Manager, Environmental Health, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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