Listeria outbreak in Canada - Recalled items still on some grocery shelves.

@Pose123 (21661)
Canada
September 4, 2008 9:29am CST
I was shocked and appalled to learn this morning that some Maple Leaf food products that had been recalled more than two weeks ago because of possible contamination with Listeria were found on the shelves of at least two Montreal stores yesterday. In both cases the owners said they had not been told to remove the products. My question: HOW MANY OTHER STORES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY HAVE NOT BEEN NOTIFICED AND WHY HAS THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY FAILED SO MISERABLY? Now that an election is about to be called Prime Minister Harper is promising an investigation. I'm sorry but This is not good enough, we shouldn't need an election call for any government department to start doing it's job. The Public Health Agency of Canada says the number of confirmed deaths in which listeriosis was the underlying or contributing cause has now risen to 13. I'm sure that most Canadians felt safe, just as I did, when buying groceries this past weekend, we assumed that all recalled products had been removed from the stores, but now we know that this has not necessary been the case, and all because the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has been lax in dealing with the health of the Canadian people. I hope that all Canadians will be especially careful when they do their shopping this weekend.
3 people like this
6 responses
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
4 Sep 08
well i am here in canada and its been a scary thing. as cold cuts are the staple of the student lunch, its hard to know what to pack (my 11 year old is at a peanut free school) and as you probably know, maple leaf have shut down their facilities in toronto but there are still other companies out there.
3 people like this
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
4 Sep 08
Hi cher, Thanks for responding. Yes, I know the plant has been shut down, my concern is that some recalled products may still be on store shelves as this discovery in Montreal happened only yesterday. Blessings.
2 people like this
• Canada
4 Sep 08
It sure is scary! The thing is there is more than one Maple Leaf plant and so it gets confusing! The one with the problem is closed indefinitely! Also, it is not just Maple Leaf that was produced there but Schneiders, Shopsys, Hickory Farms and some fast food restaurants as well! A long line of products! I'm resorting to making my boy grilled cheese sandwiches to take to school and meat that I have cooked up myself...nothing processed! ~Heavens~
1 person likes this
• Canada
4 Sep 08
This is really very disturbing. My daughter has just gone to the store, to pick up a few things for us. I 'had' deli ham (from the actual A&P deli) on the list, but after seeing this, I removed it. She asked me what about bologna, and I said it's on some of the lists too. As already mentioned, there are other brands besides Maple Leaf on the list. Even places like Pizza Nova, are having problems with pepperoni not being good. We're taking a break from 'all' packaged luncheon meats, as well as deli meat for now. However, with school having just started, my daughter takes her lunch every day, and it's hard to know what she can take. She's in high school, so is allowed to take peanut butter, but she'll get tired of it very quickly. She's buying some jam (as we were out of it), to go with the peanut butter. :( Sometimes it seems to me, like everything is falling apart. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, as an ongoing problem.
@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
4 Sep 08
It's really getting hard to know, what's even safe to eat anymore. This is raising concern for me, on what's happening to the world's food supply. It seems to me that these recalls began a few years back. The products have been quite widespread, as I believe at one time, there was even a problem with some chocolate. This current mushroom thing is unnerving, and I wasn't even aware of this, until I saw it here. I buy those packages of sliced mushrooms all of the time, and won't be now, until we're told they're all safe. In the case of the mushrooms, I can't be bothered checking the brands, but will just stay away from all of them. I've already been avoiding all Maple Leaf products. I just don't feel good about purchasing them, at this time. Before this, I'd never even heard of Listeria. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Take care.
2 people like this
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
5 Sep 08
Hi someonesmom, Thank you for responding. What really concerns me is the stores not being told to take these products off their shelves. I think the federal government department that's responsible has to be held accountable for this. Blessings.
2 people like this
• Canada
5 Sep 08
I agree Pose. The fact that not all of the recalled products were taken off the shelf, is inexcusable. While I don't like to think this is the case Catfish, it seems like it could be. I really hate the feeling, that there are no politicians that can be trusted to ensure that this doesn't happen again. I knew about the initial Maple Leaf recall, Heavens. I've been avoiding all Maple Leaf products, because I didn't feel good about purchasing any of them right now. What I didn't know about until this discussion, was the mushrooms. I further thought that all of this tainted food was off the shelves, and didn't realize that the list was so extensive, as far as fast foods, other brands etc. I've now viewed a complete list, and it's quite disturbing. As for my daughter's lunch, she's taking peanut butter and jam tomorrow. When I purchase groceries next, I'll be looking into some alternatives for her ... possibly frozen. She can drop these items off at her friends in the morning, as her friend is just across the street from the school. She often goes there for lunch anyway.
1 person likes this
• Canada
5 Sep 08
Thanks for this. I find this quite scary. As if we don't need more to worry about!
1 person likes this
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
5 Sep 08
Hi Pose123! Oh that is terrible. I have searched on Listeria because I felt compelled to really know what it is all about and have been shocked somehow that this kind of bacteria can really be fatal especially to those with weakened immune system. I am terribly sorry for those who have been afflicted with the bacteria and hoping that the department of health in Canada will be able to monitor meat products and by products and hoping that all health agencies worldwide including our country will be doing their jobs effectively and efficiently so as to avoid things like this happening again. Thank you for sharing this because I am now aware of what this is and makes me more cautious on the food I prepare each day. Here's some additional information regarding the measures that can be taken to avoid Listeriosis and I hope it can be helpful to all of us: "Because pregnant women, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for listeriosis, CDC recommends the following measures for these persons. * Do not eat hot dogs and luncheon meats unless they are reheated until steaming hot. * Avoid cross-contaminating other foods, utensils, and food preparation surfaces with fluid from hot dog packages, and wash hands after handling hot dogs. * Do not eat soft cheeses such as feta, brie and camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses, and Mexican-style cheeses such as "queso blanco fresco." Cheeses that may be eaten include hard cheeses; semi-soft cheeses such as mozzarella; pasteurized processed cheeses such as slices and spreads; cream cheese; and cottage cheese. * Do not eat refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads. Canned or shelf-stable pâtés and meat spreads may be eaten. * Do not eat refrigerated smoked seafood, unless it is contained in a cooked dish, such as a casserole. Canned or shelf-stable smoked seafood may be eaten. * Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk or eat foods that contain unpasteurized milk. Got this from this link: http://textbookofbacteriology.net/Listeria.html Take care always..God Bless!
2 people like this
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
5 Sep 08
Hi faith, Thank you for responding and your concern. I'd also like to thank for the information and the web site. You are a true friend. Blessings.
1 person likes this
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
Hi dear friend! Thank you for the kind words and you are always welcome. lovelots..faith210
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
4 Sep 08
This is a typical example of people in charge not doing their job.
2 people like this
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
5 Sep 08
Hi Mirita, Thanks for responding, and I agree someone must answer for this. Blessings.
1 person likes this
@LittleMel (14033)
• Canada
4 Sep 08
I sure will I never buy Maple Leaf products any of it since I heard about the recall. But since this matter has been on the news for some time, why should the owner wait for Food Agency to notify them? I mean they could set aside all kinds of Maple leaf products until it's all clear rather than let them stand there and people buy them because if anything happened they will also be investigated anyway. I think both the owners and agency have to be investigated for not taking appropriate steps needed.
2 people like this
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
5 Sep 08
Hi LittleMel, Thank you for responding. All Maple Leaf products weren't affected, just those produced at the plant in Toronto, also there were other brands that bought product produced by Maple Leaf in the same plant. Store owners removed all products as they were notified, but it seems that some stores were never notified about certain products. There would be no reason for store owners to keep the product on their shelves, as it would be no loss for them. Of course it would still be necessary to make sure that they hadn't overlooked anything, but it would be very damaging for the store. Hopefully this discovery in Montreal yesterday will be enough to wake up the government as to what's happening. Blessings.
1 person likes this
• Canada
4 Sep 08
I haven't felt safe at all as they keep adding things to the list and so we are no longer eating any Bologna, Lunch Meat or pepperoni and now Mushrooms have come up with this on them and so no more of them for us either!!! It is shocking though to see that recalled items could still be on the shelves! In the store where I work this is not the case but I still do not feel safe and am not buying any of the products that are pre-cooked, ready to eat, meats!!! ~Heavens~
2 people like this
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
4 Sep 08
Hi Heavens, Thank you for responding and I agree with you. I was totally shocked to see this in the news this morning. I'm sure too that it is not the fault of the stores, they just weren't informed. Blessings.
2 people like this