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Health Hazard Alert: Certain Formaggio Brand Artisan Wraps Italian Style Meats Around Fresh Mozzarella May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

Mar 12 2013 12:00AM



OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/13 -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. are warning the public not to consume Formaggio brand Artisan Wraps Italian Style Meats around Fresh Mozzarella because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Formaggio brand Artisan Wraps Italian Style Meats around Fresh Mozzarella, is sold in 675g packages bearing UPC 7 08531 29431 7. All BEST BEFORE codes for products sold between February 13, 2013 to March 11, 2013 inclusive are affected.

This product is distributed through Costco stores in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The Importer, Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., Ottawa, Canada is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd at 1-800-463-3783

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page at:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

CFIA Media Relations

Source: Marketwire

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