Canada: Le Fromage au Village recalls all cheese

By Teodora Lyubomirova

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Lorrainville, Quebec-based artisanal cheese maker Le Fromage au Village has withdrawn all of its cheeses from the market ‘as a precautionary measure’, the company confirmed.

This followed news of an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which reported that a wide range of products made by the company had been recalled. These include cheeses sold in Ontario, Quebec and online. “We can confirm that there was enough evidence after the first few cases, considering that all the severe cases consumed cheese from this company, especially with a soft paste associate in the literature with the risk of listeriosis,” the Agency told us, but declined to disclose further details of the investigation. Le Fromage au Village were contacted for comment but did not respond.

A food recall warning has also been issued for La Fondue du Village products, sold by 1001 Fondues, over possible listeria contamination. Those products had been sold in Quebec and Alberta.

In other news from the CFIA, Loblaw Companies Limited’s PC Canadian Cheddar Cheese 250g with product code of 0-60383-83746-4 and best-before date of August 24, 2023, has been pulled from the market due to possible listeria contamination. The product had been sold nationally and consumers have been told not to consume it. Also recently recalled due to listeria was Maple Dale Cheese's one-year old cheddar with best-before dates of August 21, 2023 and UPC of 6-23164-22235-6.

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.

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 and stillbirth.

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