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Maple Leaf Recalls ' Precautionary Measures'

by 5m Editor
21 August 2008, at 9:43a.m.

TORONTO - Maple Leaf Foods today announced it is voluntarily expanding a recall of packaged meat products manufactured at its Bartor Road facility in Toronto, as a precautionary measure, as they may be contaminated with <em>Listeria monocytogenes</em>.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Elderly, the very young, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.

A small number of 'Sure Slice' packaged meat products produced at the company's Bartor Road, Toronto facility, predominantly for foodservice customers, have tested positive to contain low levels of L. monocytogenes. The company has initiated a voluntary recall of these products, and as a precautionary measure expanded the recall to include all products produced on the two manufacturing lines involved from 2 June (the earliest affected production date) to the present. Maple Leaf is also temporarily closing the plant in order to reassess all aspects of its food safety procedures at this facility, including supplementary sanitation of equipment and validation of its testing protocols.

"We believe it is important to take these broader preventative actions to respond to this situation promptly, comprehensively, and in the best interests of our consumers," said Maple Leaf Consumer Foods president, Rick Young. "We have a strong culture of food safety that these incidents do not uphold, and we are taking every step required to maintain our very high standards."

'Sure Slice' Roast Beef and 'Sure Slice' Corned Beef products were involved in a recall announced on 17 August. Additional products now being recalled include the following, and were largely distributed to foodservice institutions such as restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes and may also be sold at deli counters supplied by foodservice distributors. The retail products affected were distributed nationally.

The products being recalled all carry Establishment No. 97B and have a best before date up to and including those identified in the table below.

 
Up to and
including
Product Package Best Before
Code Description Size Date
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26365 Sliced Cooked Turkey Breast 470 g SE 30
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02106 Schneiders Bavarian Smokies 1 kg OC 28
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02126 Schneiders Cheddar Smokies 1 kg OC 28
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21333 Sure Slice Roast Beef 1 kg SE 30
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21388 Sure Slice Combo Pack 1 kg SE 30
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60243 Deli Gourmet Roast Beef slices 1 kg SE 30
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02356 Seasoned Cooked Roast Beef 500 g OC 07
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42706 Roast Beef, Seasoned and Cooked 500 g OC 07
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21334 Sure Slice Turkey Breast Roast 1 kg OC 14
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21444 Sure Slice Corned Beef 1 kg OC 14
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44938 Montreal Style Corned Beef 500 g OC 14
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21440 Sure Slice Black Forest Style Ham 1 kg OC 21
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21447 Sure Slice Salami 1 kg OC 21
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21331 Sure Slice Smoked Ham 1 kg OC 21
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48019 Schneiders Deli Shaved Corned Beef 200 g OC 21
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48020 Schneiders Deli Shaved Smoked Meat 200 g OC 21
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48016 Schneiders Deli Shaved Smoked Ham 200 g OC 21
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48018 Schneiders Deli Shaved Smoked Turkey
Breast 150 g OC 21
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48017 Schneiders Deli Shaved Fully Cooked
Smoked Honey Ham 200 g OC 21
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21360 Burns Bites Pepperoni 500 g 09 JA 01
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99158 Turkey Breast Roast 1 kg SE 30
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71330 Roast Beef Cooked, Seasoned 2.5 kg SE 30
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71331 Corned Beef, Smoked Meat 2.5 kg SE 30
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No other Maple Leaf products are affected.

5m Editor