UPDATED: Ontarians Warned Not To Eat Food Products Contaminated With Listeria
Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, and Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, are warning Ontarians not to consume the following smoked salmon products because they may be contaminated with Listeria.
Strubs Norwegian Style Steelhead Salmon
Ready to Eat
Keep Frozen Prior to Use
Strubs Deli Choice
Smoked Salmon Bits
Ready to Eat
Lot Identifier: 09192011
Although the originating processing plant for these products is in Toronto, the extent of the distribution of the products across Ontario is unknown.
If you have the products, it is recommended that they be discarded or returned to the retailer or the food supplier. If they are to be returned to the supplier, the products should be clearly marked and kept separate from other food products until they are returned. The smoked salmon may have been purchased from supermarkets, grocery stores or delicatessens.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
- Listeria can cause listeriosis, a serious but rare illness. Listeriosis is a reportable disease under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
- The median time from exposure to Listeria until symptoms develop is three weeks, but can be as short as 3 days or as long as 70 days.
- Listeriosis usually manifests as mild flu-like illness. Symptoms may start suddenly and include: vomiting, nausea, cramps, severe headache, constipation or fever. More severe illness may result in meningitis and blood infection in newborns and adults.
- Those highly susceptible are newborns, the elderly, pregnant women, and persons whose immune systems are compromised. In pregnant women, infection can cause preterm delivery, spontaneous abortion, stillbirths and fetal infection. In newborn babies, symptoms may include loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice, vomiting, skin rash and difficulty breathing.
“I strongly advise the public, especially those at high risk for listeriosis, such as the elderly, pregnant women and those with weak immune systems, to make sure they avoid consuming these products.”
Dr. Arlene King