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article imageApple slices recall in Canada for Listeria, one reported illness

By Karen Graham     Apr 30, 2015 in Food
Ontario - Sun Rich Fresh Foods, Inc. on Thursday announced it has voluntarily recalled sliced apple products produced at its Brampton, Ontario facility because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Wednesday reported that one person became ill after the consumption of the products. The CFIA is asking that consumers, distributors, retailers and food service establishments not use or sell the products.
It has been said before but is worth repeating again that foods contaminated with [i]Listeria monocytogenes[i] may not look or smell like they are spoiled, but can cause illness just the same. People are asked to check to see if the recalled products are in their homes or establishments. The CFIA recommends either throwing the products out or returning them to the place of purchase.
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In a statement from Sun Fresh Foods Inc., Neville Israel, President and CEO said: "Our overriding concern is for consumer safety and we are committed to working closely with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as this matter is investigated."
For more information, consumers can go to www.sun-rich.com or call: 778-296-4688.
The course of Listeria monocytogenes in Canada
It wasn't until several outbreaks of illness due to Listeria monocytogenes occurred in Europe and North America in the 1980s that scientists and health officials began to realize the importance that food played in the transmission of sickness from the bacteria.
In Canada, the first recorded outbreak occurred in 1981 and was the result of contaminated coleslaw. In that outbreak, 41 people became sick with Listeriosis, and 17 people died. It is estimated that about 100 cases of Listeriosis occur in Canada yearly, most of them being sporadic.
Listeria can be found all around us, in the soil, on farms, food processing facilities, retail facilities and even in the home. Because Listeria is everywhere in our environment, this means it is easy for it to get into food processing facilities, either on a worker's shoes, on equipment or even on the unprocessed products themselves.
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