Coleslaw recalled over listeria concerns

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Belleisle Farms brand coleslaw is being recalled from the marketplace, due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a news release Wednesday morning, in which it said the coleslaw, produced by Roy Pope and Sons, has been distributed in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The name of the product is Garden Fresh Cole Slaw, in 227-gram packages with a best before date of 2014-08-19. The UPC is 0 33383 65260 3.

This recall was triggered by CFIA test results.

The CFIA says food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled, but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.

The CFIA cautions that pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Organizations: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia

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  • nan
    August 20, 2014 - 11:31

    Never buy any food that was pre-sliced in a factory.

    • Virginia Waters
      August 20, 2014 - 16:03

      Sound advice .... but I take it a step further. With few exceptions, I never buy any manufactured foods of any type. Only by eating 'whole foods' is it possible to optimize nutrition and prevent disease. As much as possible, buy whole foods that are grown on the island. Government could be doing so much more to help prevent illness, save on health care costs, and support local farmers and fishers. It can influence family eating habits through tax and other government levers. Aside from their dense nutrient content, whole foods allows better control over the intake of salt, sugar, trans-fats, artificial preservatives and known carcinogens. That, and doing a lot more to promote exercise, could make a dent in the horrendous predicament this province has found itself with respect to public health standards. Highest rates of cancer, heart disease and diabetes in the country - and all government can focus on is mega projects.