At the end of March, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced that they will recall Seasoned Cooked Roast Beef which was sold at Druxy’s Famous Deli outlets in Ontario. The products are believed to be contaminated with Listeria.
The roast beef is produced by Erie Meat Products Ltd., of Mississauga, Ontario. The products were initially sold in the restaurants, but the CFIA found out that it was sold to other places too.
Possible Contamination of Listeria in Roast Beef – Spreading Through Other Territories
The Agency now stated that the roast beef might have reached Alberta, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador and other provinces or territories too. So, they have recalled all pre-cooked roast beef from this brand, due to a possible contamination with Listeria.
The recall notice issued by the CFIA said that the meat could have been sold without its label, coding or under a different brand. That goes to say that, if consumers are not sure if they had affected roast beef in a restaurant or bought from a store, they should contact the restaurant or the store and ask for information.
Reports of Illness Associated With Listeria Contaminated Products
The Agency admitted that there have been cases of illnesses after eating the roast beef, but the number hasn’t been specified. They will need more lab testing to confirm the link between the illness and the affected products.
CFIA recommends consumers to not consume these products in food services establishments (hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals or nursing homes). These establishments, distributors, and retailers must not sell or consume the recalled product.
The beef that has been recalled has best-before dates: April 10 and April 17, 2018.
Listeria monocytogenes doesn’t necessarily make food taste or smell bad, but it can make people sick. Some of the symptoms are vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.
For more information about the products recently recalled, check the CFIA website.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.