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Recall expanded, plant closed


August 20,
2008, Toronto – Maple Leaf Foods is expanding a recall of its packaged
meats and temporarily closing a Toronto plant that prepares the
products.

August 20, 2008, Toronto – Maple Leaf Foods is expanding a recall of its packaged meats and temporarily closing a Toronto plant that prepares the products.

A number of the affected products are part of a listeriosis outbreak investigation.

No direct link has been made between the affected products and illnesses, though the Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial public authorities are trying to confirm the source of the illnesses.

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A statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says some of the meat products, which are distributed to nursing homes, restaurants and deli counters across the country – including McDonald's and Mr. Sub – tested positive for listeria bacteria.

Consumption of food tainted with Listeria can lead to high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

Maple Leaf is recalling all products prepared at the plant since June 2 and says it is temporarily closing the factory to re-evaluate its food safety procedures.

On Sunday, Maple Leaf announced it had discovered listeria bacteria in Sure Slice roast beef and corn beef produced at the Toronto facility and issued a recall on those products.

The 23 products involved in the expanded recall carry an establishment number of 97B and have best before dates ranging from Sept. 30 to Jan. 1, 2009.