Dunn's Famous Smoked Meat pouches voluntarily withdrawn from Costco may contain listeria monocytogenes

    Dunn's Restaurants are not affected

    MONTREAL, Oct. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Dunn's Famous and its manufacturer Les
Salaisons Desco Inc. yesterday voluntarily withdrew Dunn's Famous Smoked Meat
1 kg packages from Costco stores in Quebec, Atlantic Provinces and Ottawa.
Dunn's Restaurants and Dunn's Famous Smoked Meat sold at Costco in other
locations and in Costco Resto Clubs are not affected by this announcement.
    There have been no reported illnesses associated with consumption of the
affected product. The contamination was discovered as part of the
manufacturer's regular inspection procedures. As soon as test results
confirmed the contamination, Costco was advised to remove it from its stores
and it has done so.
    "Yesterday, we learned of a possible contamination through our producer's
regular inspections and strict testing and we immediately contacted Costco to
withdraw the product from the marketplace," said Elliot Kligman, President,
Dunn's Famous. "We take product quality very seriously and have high standards
in place to check for contamination, it was through these procedures that we
were able to quickly secure the affected product and remove it from the
marketplace. None of our restaurants or other products are affected as those
products are not produced at this plant."

    Affected products:

    Dunn's Smoked Meat sold in 1kg. packages containing 6 pouches of 175 g
    and BEST BEFORE dates 2008 NO 01 and 2008 NO 02

    All products with date codes before and after the affected products have
undergone additional testing. No contamination has been found. In addition,
the company is working closely with the manufacturer and CFIA to ensure the
safety of its products.
    "For over 80 years we have been making great smoked meat for Canadian
consumers. We have never had a product quality issue and we want to assure our
customers that we will continue to be diligent. We will not distribute
products from this plant until test results confirm that they are safe for
consumption," said Kligman.

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Anne Grondin, Edelman, (514) 808-2892

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