Roast beef sold in Ontario recalled over listeria concerns

OTTAWA – Roast beef sold at deli counters in four Ontario grocery stores has been recalled because they are likely contaminated with listeria, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Wednesday.

The meat was produced by Les Salaisons Desco Inc., the Boisbriand, Que.-based company whose prepackaged Dunn’s Smoked Meat and certain varieties of Plaisirs Gastronomiques sandwiches have also been recalled over listeria concerns this month.

The recall affects meat sold at Sharpe’s IGA in Campbellford, Ont. from Oct. 3 to Oct. 12, Lamantia’s Country Market in Lindsay, Ont. from Oct. 8 to Oct. 21, Fisher Foodland in Cobourg, Ont. from Oct. 8 to Oct. 17, and Cambell’s Metcalfe Variety in Metcalfe, Ont. from Oct. 2 to Oct. 21.

The CFIA said in a statement that no one had been reported ill relating to this most recent recall.

Listeriosis, the disease caused by the bacterium, can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.

Twenty people across the country – mostly older than 65 – died this summer after eating meat contaminated with listeria produced at a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto. Another 33 cases of illness have also been linked to that outbreak.


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