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Lambton Sandwiches May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

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The Community Health Services Department has been advised by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that the manufacturer, Savco Food Services Ltd., Point Edward, ON, has voluntarily recalled certain Savco brand sandwiches because these sandwiches were made with roast beef manufactured at Les Salaisons Desco Inc. (EST 501). This roast beef had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of this recall.

These sandwiches have been sold through vending machines in Sarnia and vicinity in Lambton County.

The following Savco brand sandwiches are affected by this alert. The expiry date is embedded within a 13 digit code located next to the "KEEP REFRIGERATED" statement on the label.

If any of these products are found by residents, they should be thrown out or returned to the supplier. None of these products should be eaten. If there is any question as to whether a product may be one of the recalled products or not, don't eat it. Check with the supplier. When in doubt, throw it out.

To date, the Community Health Services Department has not received any local reports of illness related to this recall.

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Symptoms of listeria infection (listeriosis) include:

• Healthy individuals may experience a self-limited illness with fever, muscle aches, nausea and/or diarrhea.

• A woman who develops listeriosis during pregnancy will have a similar mild illness. However the infection may affect the baby leading to premature delivery, stillbirths or infection of the newborn.

• The very young, elderly or those with poorly functioning immune systems are the most susceptible. Flu-like symptoms may be followed by a brain or blood infection resulting in fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, convulsions and/or loss of balance.

Symptoms usually appear within 3 to 70 days after consuming contaminated food, although infection usually occurs around 3 to 4 weeks after exposure.

If you have eaten any of the recalled product and become ill or experience serious illness with fever, contact your health care provider and discuss your possible exposure.