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article imageApples in Canada recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

By KJ Mullins     Jan 9, 2015 in Health
The old adage of an apple a day is good advice but for some apples in Canada the threat of Listeria monocytogenes has apples from the United States being recalled. The apples affected were sold under the brand names Big B and Granny's Best.
It is possible that the apples are also being sold without a brand name and loose in bulk.
On January 7 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency released a warning on apples exported by Bidart Bros. in the U.S.. The Granny Smith and Gala apples were distributed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec from Beauvais Ltee., Courchesne Larose, Coosemans Montreal Inc.
This recall is a Class 1 hazard risk, meaning that the consumption of the food could be life threatening. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness in the general public. For those with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and the elderly there is a higher risk. Pregnant women may not have severe symptoms but the bacteria can lead to premature delivery, infection in newborns and stillbirth.
This recall follows two cases of the illness in Canada and illnesses in the U.S.
Inspections Canada says that while the apples may appear to be fine they are still able to sicken those who eat them.
"This recall was triggered by a recall initiated by the US producer which may be related to a foodborne illness outbreak. The CFIA is working with its federal partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada, and the United States Food and Drug Administration and 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."
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