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Updated Health Hazard Alert: Certain Gorgonzola Verdi Dolce Italian Cheese from Whole Foods Market May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/06/13 -- The public warning issued on August 2, 2013 has been updated to include additional product information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Whole Foods Market are warning the public not to consume the Gorgonzola Verdi Dolce Italian cheese described below because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Gorgonzola Verdi Dolce Italian cheese from Whole Foods Market, was sold in packages of varying weight, bearing a Best Before date of 13AU23 and 13AU29 and a UPC beginning with 0293317.

This product was sold from Whole Foods Market, 3997 Hwy 7, Markham, Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis 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 retailer, Whole Foods Market, Markham, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Whole Foods Market at 512-477-5566; or, CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page at: http://inspection.gc.ca/food_poisoning.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contacts:
Whole Foods Market
512-477-5566

CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600

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