Don't Bring Home the Recalled Canadian Bacon!
Regardless of who brings home the bacon in your house, make sure it’s not the recalled Canadian bacon from Aliments Prince, SEC, in Ontario. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that about 380,000 pounds of diced bacon products are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Diced Canadian bacon produced before August 10 recalled
On July 19, 2011, the FSIS discovered a sample of cooked diced Canadian bacon to be positive for L. monocytogenes. Further investigation by Aliments Prince, SEC, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency lead to a recall of all precooked bacon products from the company.
Thus far, no one has reported becoming ill from eating the Canadian bacon products. The L. monocytogenes bacteria can cause listeriosis, an infection that may cause mild flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches, diarrhea, and fever when it is noninvasive.
However, some people are more likely to develop invasive listeriosis, which causes severe symptoms (e.g., high fever, severe headache, stiff neck) and complications. Vulnerable individuals include newborns, very elderly people, pregnant women, and anyone who has a weakened immune system (e.g., anyone with HIV/AIDS or receiving chemotherapy). About 35% of people with invasive listeriosis die due to complications. In most cases, however, listeriosis is noninvasive and mild, temporary symptoms are the only problem.
The recalled Canadian bacon products include the following:
- Napoli Cooked Bacon Topping with the case code 83600
- Stefano Brand Cooked Diced Bacon with the case code 83601
- Bellissimo Cooked Diced Bacon with the case code 83602
- Olymel Cooked Diced Bacon with the case code 83603
- Assoluti Cooked Diced Bacon with the case code 83608
All the recalled bacon was produced prior to August 10, 2011, and shipped to distribution centers in the United States for further distribution.
Consumers who have questions about the Canadian bacon recall can contact Aliments Prince, SEC, at 1-800-361-5800. The FSIS also has a virtual representative available 24 hours a day, called AskKaren.gov, that will answer questions about food-borne illnesses such as listeriosis.
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