An Alberta food manufacturer is recalling a sandwich sold at many convenience stores because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Hygaard Fine Foods EST 318 are warning the public not to consume the Hygaard Mini Sub sandwiches described below because the product may be contaminated.
The Hygaard Mini Sub sandwiches affected by this alert are sold in 130 g packages bearing UPC 0 65504 49306 2 and a Best Before date OCT 21.
This product has been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut and Yukon Territories.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product, according to CIFA.
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 manufacturer, Hygaard Fine Foods EST 318, Sherwood Park, Alberta is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA says it is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
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