Maple Leaf Broadens Product Recall from Toronto Plant as a Precautionary Measure



    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Maple Leaf Foods today announced it is
voluntarily expanding a recall of packaged meat products manufactured at its
Bartor Road (Establishment No. 97B) facility in Toronto, as a precautionary
measure, as they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
    Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may cause
listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Elderly, the very young, pregnant women and
people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.
    A small number of Sure Slice packaged meat products produced at the
Company's Bartor Road, Toronto facility, predominantly for foodservice
customers, have tested positive to contain low levels of listeria
monocytogenes. The Company has initiated a voluntary recall of these products,
and as a precautionary measure expanded the recall to include all products
produced on the two manufacturing lines involved from June 2nd (the earliest
affected production date) to present. The Company is also temporarily closing
the plant in order to fully reassess all aspects of its food safety procedures
at this facility, including supplementary sanitation of equipment and
validation of our testing protocols.
    "We believe it is important to take these broader preventative actions to
respond to this situation promptly, comprehensively, and in the best interests
of our consumers," said Maple Leaf Consumer Foods President Rick Young. "We
have a strong culture of food safety that these incidents do not uphold, and
we are taking every step required to maintain our very high standards."
    Sure Slice Roast Beef and Sure Slice Corned Beef products were involved
in a recall announced on Sunday, August 17. Additional products now being
recalled include the following, and were largely distributed to foodservice
institutions such as restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes and may also be
sold at deli counters supplied by foodservice distributors. The retail
products affected were distributed nationally.
    The products being recalled all carry Establishment No. 97B and have a
best before date up to and including those identified in the table below.

    
                                                                   Up to and
                                                                   including
    Product                                          Package     Best Before
     Code     Description                               Size            Date
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    26365     Sliced Cooked Turkey Breast              470 g           SE 30
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    02106     Schneiders Bavarian Smokies               1 kg           OC 28
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    02126     Schneiders Cheddar Smokies                1 kg           OC 28
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    21333     Sure Slice Roast Beef                     1 kg           SE 30
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    21388     Sure Slice Combo Pack                     1 kg           SE 30
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    60243     Deli Gourmet Roast Beef slices            1 kg           SE 30
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    02356     Seasoned Cooked Roast Beef               500 g           OC 07
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    42706     Roast Beef, Seasoned and Cooked          500 g           OC 07
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    21334     Sure Slice Turkey Breast Roast            1 kg           OC 14
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    21444     Sure Slice Corned Beef                    1 kg           OC 14
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    44938     Montreal Style Corned Beef               500 g           OC 14
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    21440     Sure Slice Black Forest Style Ham         1 kg           OC 21
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    21447     Sure Slice Salami                         1 kg           OC 21
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    21331     Sure Slice Smoked Ham                     1 kg           OC 21
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    48019     Schneiders Deli Shaved Corned Beef       200 g           OC 21
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    48020     Schneiders Deli Shaved Smoked Meat       200 g           OC 21
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    48016     Schneiders Deli Shaved Smoked Ham        200 g           OC 21
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    48018     Schneiders Deli Shaved Smoked Turkey
               Breast                                  150 g           OC 21
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    48017     Schneiders Deli Shaved Fully Cooked
               Smoked Honey Ham                        200 g           OC 21
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    21360     Burns Bites Pepperoni                    500 g        09 JA 01
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    99158     Turkey Breast Roast                       1 kg           SE 30
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    71330     Roast Beef Cooked, Seasoned             2.5 kg           SE 30
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    71331     Corned Beef, Smoked Meat                2.5 kg           SE 30
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    No other Maple Leaf products are affected.

    For further information, please contact the Company's Consumer Affairs
hotline at 1-800-568-5801 or visit the Maple Leaf website at
www.mapleleaf.com.





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For further information: Media enquiries: Linda Smith, (416) 645-8199,
Maple Leaf Foods


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