OTTAWA, Ontario – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) added dry cured, Italian sausage products to a food recall warning issued in October. The agency linked similar products to an outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield illnesses.
Filicetti Foods Inc. recalled its brand of Dry Cured Italian Style Sausage (hot) from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination, the CFIA said. The product was sold in the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Sampling activities, which were part of an ongoing investigation into the Salmonella Litchfield outbreak, triggered the recall.
As of Oct. 23, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reported 12 confirmed cases of Salmonella Litchfield illnesses in Ontario (10) and Quebec (2). Salmonella Litchfield is a rare strain of the pathogen not commonly seen in Canada, the agency noted.
“Some of the individuals who became sick reported eating Filicetti brand Italian Style mild, dry, cured sausage before their illnesses occurred,” PHAC said. “Other ill individuals reported regularly consuming Filicetti brand dry sausages before getting sick. The investigation is ongoing, and it is possible that other sources could be identified.”