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Food Recall Warning: Okanagan's Choice Cheese Brand Shredded Cheese Products Recalled Due to Listeria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/14/14 -- Product photos are available at http://bit.ly/1nXPFj6.

Castle Cheese Inc. is recalling Okanagan's Choice Cheese brand shredded cheese products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products have been sold in Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba.

Recalled products

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Brand                     Product    Size               UPC            Codes
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Okanagan's          Nacho Blend -
 Choice Cheese           Cheddar,
                       Mozzarella                                Best Before
                  Shredded Cheese   200 g   0 59756 08208 2           15JA13
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Okanagan's       Shredded Cheddar                                Best Before
 Choice Cheese             Cheese   200 g   0 59756 08008 8           15JA13
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Okanagan's               Shredded                                Best Before
 Choice Cheese  Mozzarella Cheese   200 g   0 59756 08108 5           15JA20
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Okanagan's      Shredded Parmesan                                Best Before
 Choice Cheese             Cheese   175 g   0 59756 07210 6           15JA20
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What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

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 or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

--  Learn more about the health risks at:

    http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/fact-
    sheets/food-poisoning/eng/1331151916451/1331152055552



--  Sign up for recall notifications by email or follow us on Twitter at:

    http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/stay-
    connected/eng/1299856061207/1299856119191


Background

This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

More information

--  CFIA: www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus

Contacts:
Media enquiries
CFIA
613-773-6600

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