OTTAWA – As the Listeria monocytogenes concerns continue to grow in both US and Canada, public health officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on Aug. 21 the recall of three more chicken products.
The agency said the companies included in this recall were Reuven International Ltd Natural Proportion Cooked Diced Chicken and Sysco brand Natural Proportions Cooked Shredded Chicken.
CFIA did not specify the amount of chicken products that were being recalled. The agency is verifying that the companies are removing the recalled products from retailers.
“The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products,” the agency said in a release. “If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated food recall warnings.”
The affected items include:
Reuven International Ltd Natural Proportion Cooked Chicken Meat (Diced) (#15307); 4.54 kg; UPC 907 63572 15307 1; PACKDATE: 01/21/19.
Reuven International Ltd Natural Proportion Cooked Chicken Meat (Diced) (#15807); 4.54 kg; UPC 907 63572 15807 6; PACKDATE: 01/21/19.
Sysco Natural Proportions Cooked Shredded Chicken (#15885); 4.54 kg; UPC 007 34730 21450 4; PACKDATE: 01/21/19.
There have been seven confirmed cases of Listeria in British Columbia (1), Manitoba (1) and Ontario (5) according to the CFIA on Aug. 18. The case patients became sick between November 2017 and June 2019. Six individuals were hospitalized.
On Aug. 20, Tip Top Poultry Inc. in Rockmart Georgia recalled approximately 135,810 lbs. of fully cooked poultry products that may be adulterated by Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered on Aug. 17, 2019, when the CFIA notified the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Dept. of Agriculture that a sample of product produced by the company was positive for the presence of Listeria.