Some mushrooms recalled in Alberta, B.C. over listeria

Edmonton Journal September 28, 2012

EDMONTON – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning consumers not to eat certain types of mushrooms sold in Alberta and British Columbia due to possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes.There have been no associated illnesses reported, but Champ’s brand sliced crimini mushrooms, specifically sold in 200-, 227- and 454-gram packages, should not be eaten. The packages bear the UPC codes 6 78286 99933 4, 6 78286 88877 5 and 6 78286 88881 2.

Food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled, but consuming it can cause listeriosis, a food-borne illness that can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.

The manufacturer, Champ’s Mushrooms of Aldergrove, B.C., is voluntarily recalling the products.

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