The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Belleisle Foods Limited recalled coleslaw due to microbiological listeria contamination on September 19, 2018. The company supplies products to various provinces, including New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. Belleisle Foods Limited recalled only one product under its Belleisle Farms brand; the 227g package with the code 18SE28.
Belleisle Foods Triggered the Recall
The CFIA admits that it’s the company that triggered the recall. However, the government agency plans to launch further investigations to ascertain if other products are contaminated or not, and it will notify the public through the Food Recall Warnings system if necessary. The agency categorizes the hazard as Class 1. The food products company may still face the full wrath of the law for predisposing the lives of consumers to medical problems.
Throw Out the Food
Extremely low concentrations of listeria monocytogenes may not be harmful to consumers. However, excessive use of the products containing the bacteria may eventually trigger health problems. Fortunately, no cases of illness associated with consumption of this brand of coleslaw have been reported. Belleisle Foods Limited and the CFIA advise consumers to throw out or return the recalled product to the stores. Listeria monocytogenes contamination doesn’t have a unique look or bad smell, yet the food can still cause an infection immediately after consumption and make you sick.
What You Should Do If You Have Eaten the Product
If you have consumed the recalled product, consult a doctor right away. Check for the symptoms of listeria contamination, which include a severe headache, neck stiffness, muscle aches, feeling nauseated, and vomiting. Risk factors include weak immune systems, and being pregnant. In some cases, a listeria infection may cause pregnant women to deliver prematurely, experience stillbirth, or even infect the newborn. Severe conditions may result in death.