A Canadian health investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak has led to more U.S.–made chicken products being recalled across Canada.
On August 18, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that Rosemount Sales and Marketing is recalling Rosemount brand diced chicken meat due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, and the product is identified as the probably source of the illness outbreak.
The Public Health Agency of Canada announced on August 19 that it is working with the CFIA, Health Canada, and provincial partners on an investigation into the outbreak.
Then the CFIA announced on August 21 that the food recall has expanded.
The CFIA stated that Reuven International Ltd. is recalling Reuven International Ltd. Brand Natural Proportion Cooked Chicken Meat (Diced) and Sysco brand Natural Proportions Cooked Shredded Chicken due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, which causes Listerioisis (or Listeria).
The product is made in the USA.
The recalled products were distributed to hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, nursing homes, retailers, and food-service establishments in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador (and possibly nationally).
The recalled products include:
- Reuven International Ltd. Natural Proportion Cooked Chicken Meat (Diced) (#15307) sold in 4.54 kilogram packages with UPC number 907 63572 15307 1 and date code PACKDATE: 01/21/19;
- Reuven International Ltd. Natural Proportion Cooked Chicken Meat (Diced) (#15807) sold in 4.54 kilogram packages with UPC number 907 63572 15807 6 and date code PACKDATE: 01/21/19;
- Sysco Natural Proportions Cooked Shredded Chicken (#15885) sold in 4.54 kilogram packages with UPC number 007 34730 21450 4 and date code PACKDATE: 01/21/19.
Anyone who becomes ill from consuming a recalled product should contact their doctor, and anyone who has these products should dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase.
Despite not looking or smelling spoiled, food contaminated with the bacteria can still make people sick.
Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Severe cases can lead to death. More information about Listerioisis (Listeria) can be found at the Health Canada website.