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Canada-wide recall of Irish Porter Cheese due to possible 'listeria contamination'

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced a recall for a brand of Irish porter cheese due to possible listeria contamination.

On August 3, the agency issued a B.C.-wide recall that the brand Cahill is recalling their Original Irish Porter Cheese from the marketplace.

An investigation by the CFIA showed the food was contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, which may not look or smelled spoiled, but can make a person feel sick.

The recalled produts are:

Brand Product Size SKU Codes
Cahill's Original Irish Porter Cheese 2.27kg 00034463010160 22-JA-13
Cahill's Original Irish Porter Cheese 200g 00034463016056 21-DE-13

The affected products were sold and distributed Canada-wide and may have been packaged at retail stores and sold in variable sizes.

So far, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the product. However, CFIA warns consumers to not eat the affected product.

This alert was triggered by CFIA test results and the agency is conducting a food safety investigation.

Symptoms of listeria include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.

Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk, according to the food inspection agency..

"Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even still birth," said CFIA in its warning, adding that in severe cases of illness, people may die.

What you do should

Call a doctor if you become sick after consuming the food product.

Check if you have the affected products in your home.