BC firm announces recall of chicken products

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Lilydale is recalling its brand name oven roasted chicken breast product.

OTTAWA, Ontario – More bad news for Lilydale Inc., an Edmonton, Alberta-based chicken processor. The company announced a recall of chicken breast products on concerns about Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported.

The recall comes after a provincial court fined Lilydale for violations under Canada's Health of Animals Regulations and the Meat Inspection Regulations.

CFIA said Lilydale triggered the recall on March 25. The affected products include Lilydale brand Oven Roasted Carved Chicken Breast bearing a UPC of 0 65843 83104 4, CFIA said. No illnesses have been reported.

The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products, the agency said. Meanwhile, the agency is verifying that industry is removing affected product from the marketplace.

Prior to the recall, British Columbia Provincial Court ordered Lilydale to pay a C$160,000 fine following the company's conviction on two counts of Health of Animals Regulations violations and two counts of Meat Inspection Regulations violations, according to a CFIA report.

The case stems from a three-year-old CFIA investigation. The agency reported that at or near Chilliwack, BC, Lilydale left chickens in transportation crates exposed to cold weather conditions. The incident resulted in undue and avoidable suffering and/or death of the birds.

The Provincial Court convicted Lilydale on Dec. 2, 2014. CFIA announced the fine on March 4.
Lilydale, a leading poultry processor in Canada, is a unit of privately held Sofina Foods Inc. which manufactures and distributes further-processed pork, beef and poultry products for retail and foodservice customers in Canada, the United States and other countries.

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