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Food Recall Warning: Meddo Belle and Okanagan's Choice Cheese Brands Shredded Cheese Products Recalled Due to Listeria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/17/14 -- Product photos are available at http://bit.ly/1ix1o6U

Castle Cheese Inc. is recalling Meddo Belle and Okanagan's Choice Cheese brands 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 may have also been distributed in other provinces.

Recalled products

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Brand           Product           Size   UPC              Codes
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Meddo Belle     Crumbled Feta     200 g  0 62608 13907 0  Best Before
                Cheese                                    14 DE 13
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Okanagan's      Chipped Parmesan  175 g  0 59756 07314 1  Best Before
Choice Cheese   Cheese                                    14 DE 31
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Okanagan's      Shredded          175 g  0 59756 07210 6  Best Before
Choice Cheese   Parmesan Cheese                           14 DE 31
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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 products 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:
CFIA
613-773-6600

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