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Listeria: Ontario confirms nine cases of listeriosis linked to recall

Listeria: Ontario confirms nine cases of listeriosis linked to recall
Listeria: Ontario confirms nine cases of listeriosis linked to recall

Ontario has confirmed that nine cases of listeriosis are believed to be linked to a recall of several Silk® and Great Value refrigerated plant-based beverages.

There have been five hospitalizations related to this outbreak investigation, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore confirmed in a press release on Tuesday.

Moore is asking Ontario residents not to consume certain recalled Silk® and Great Value brand refrigerated plant-based beverages covered by the recall because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The province describes Listeria monocytogenes as a bacterium that can cause listeriosis, a serious but rare disease.

“Consumers are urged to visit the CFIA website for a complete listing of all recalled products and to check the website regularly as additional recalls may occur as food safety investigations continue,” Moore said.

“Ontarians are reminded to check their refrigerators for the recalled products and if any are found, they should be immediately discarded or returned to the location where they were purchased. Do not use any recalled products.”

The province stated that Listeria contamination does not change the smell, taste or appearance of food.

Moore urged the public, especially those at high risk for listeriosis, such as the elderly, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems, not to consume the recalled products.

The average time between exposure to Listeria and the onset of symptoms is typically two to three weeks, but can be up to 70 days.

Listeriosis usually manifests as a mild flu-like illness. Symptoms may begin suddenly and include vomiting, nausea, cramps, severe headache, constipation, or fever. More severe illness can lead to meningitis and blood infection in newborns and older adults.