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



    
    TSX: MFI
    www.mapleleaf.com
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - Maple Leaf Foods announced on Saturday, August
23, 2008 that it voluntarily expanded its recall of products manufactured at
its Bartor Road (Establishment No. 97B) facility in Toronto, as a
precautionary measure.
    Yesterday, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Public Health Agency of
Canada investigation concluded that the strain of Listeria bacteria, which is
linked to the illness and death of several consumers, matches the Listeria
strain identified in some Maple Leaf food products in two cases. Scientific
analysis and information will be made available today through the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency.
    "From our standpoint this is the right thing to do. If there is any
question in the consumers' mind about any product from that plant, then the
onus is on us, and the CFIA, to act decisively and swiftly to restore consumer
confidence," said Michael H. McCain, president & CEO, Maple Leaf. "Our actions
are guided by putting public health first."
    Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may cause
Listeriosis, a food borne illness. The elderly, the very young, pregnant women
and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.
    To date, Maple Leaf has been advised that only product produced on
production lines 8 and 9 have shown positive test results for Listeria
monocytogenes. There is no evidence of Listeria contamination in product
beyond the production lines originally under investigation. However, we
decided given current information, to place public health interests first and
recall 100 per cent of all the product produced at this facility as the most
conservative approach possible. We expect this expanded recall to be
implemented swiftly. A list of specific products and codes of the affected
products is available on the Company website at www.mapleleaf.com.
    This weekend the Company's Bartor Road plant remains closed and is
anticipated will reopen on Tuesday, August 26, 2008.

    Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading Canadian food processing company
committed to delivering quality food products to consumers around the world.
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the Company employs approximately 23,000
people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and
Asia. The Company had sales of $5.2 billion in 2007.

    
    To view a complete list of all recalled Maple Leaf Foods
    products, please visit:
    http://files.newswire.ca/464/MAPLE_RECALL_SPT1.pdf
    





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