John and I are huge fans of dinners that consist of sliced meats, cheeses, and gourmet multigrain and rosemary-infused crackers. When we first heard of the tainted meat/listeriosis outbreak (and subsequent recalls) we were slightly concerned.
Officially there are 21 confirmed cases [of listeriosis] across Canada, three in BC. Four deaths including one on Vancouver Island have been linked to the bacterium. [News1130]
We’ve had the chance to look over the official list of items that have been recalled and I believe we’re in the clear.
Federal Health Minister Tony Clement says the number of cases is stable, but it can take up to 90 days for the flu-like symptoms to appear… … check you packages of meat for the establishment code 97B stamped near the “best before” or “packed on” date.
You can find the list here and it includes more than just Maple Leaf brand items such as, the Tim Horton’s roast beef sandwich, McDonald’s sliced turkey, Safeway brand salami, and Western Family sliced cooked ham.
August 26th Update: Last night we were watching the Food Network and saw an announcement from Maple Leaf Foods. They now have this message from their CEO up on YouTube.