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Several popular salad kits recalled across Canada for possible Listeria contamination

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Dole brand, President’s Choice and Taylor Farms salad kits are being recalled across the country due to a related Listeria outbreak in the United States.

According to the Centre for Disease Control, Listeria is a serious infection that can be contracted by eating contaminated food. 

They say that per annum, around 1,600 people will get listeriosis and around 260 will die. 

Listeria is more likely to cause sickness in pregnant women and their newborns, those over 65-years-old and people with weakened immune systems. 

Specifically, the affected salad kits being recalled are the:

  • Dole – Chop Kit, Avocado Ranch
  • Dole – Suprême Kit, Southwest Salad
  • President’s Choice – Southwest Salad Kit
  • President’s Choice – Chopped Mexican-Style Street Corn Salad Kit
  • Taylor Farms – Mexican Style Street Corn Salad Kit (2 pack)

Since the outbreak in the United States, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall and advised people not to sell, consume, use or distribute the impacted salads. 

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

“Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth,” said the CFIA.  

“In severe cases of illness, people may die.”

For those who think they may be experiencing these symptoms and have recently consumed one of these salad kits, the CFIA advises to seek care from a health care provider. 

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Curtis Blandy
curtis@victoriabuzz.com

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