Smoked Meat Recall Expanded in Canada

OTTAWA, June 23 (UPI) — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the expansion of a Lesters-brand smoked meat recall to include additional provinces.

The CFIA said the manufacturer, Lesters Foods Ltd. of Laval, Quebec, discovered some of its smoked meat pouches might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The recalled pouches display a “Best Before” date between “10JL16″ (July 16, 2010) and “10JL24″ (July 24, 2010).

The company said its “Lesters Montreal Smoked Meat” pouches were distributed in Ontario, Quebec, the Atlantic provinces, Nunavut and possibly nationwide.

The CFIA said food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled, but can cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk, officials said.

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