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Popular plant-based beverages recalled across Canada due to Listeria outbreak

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A number of popular plant-based beverages have been recalled across Canada due to a Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

On Monday, July 8th, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued an immediate recall of Silk and Great Value brands of oat and almond refrigerated beverages, as they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. 

The affected products are being taken from shelves, and those with these items in their fridge are being advised to dispose of the products.

The CFIA has a full list of contaminated products and their codes, here.

They warn that contamination with Listeria does not change the smell, taste or appearance of food, so it is advised not to risk your health by consuming it. 

If you’ve become infected with Listeriosis, symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.

More severe cases of the illness may result in meningitis and blood infection in newborns and older adults.

These symptoms typically take two to three weeks to manifest after exposure, but it can take as long as 70 days in some cases. 

Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk.

The Ontario Ministry of Health confirmed that as of July 8th, nine confirmed cases of listeriosis have been reported in the province as part of an ongoing investigation that is linked to the recalled products.

There have been five hospitalizations associated with this outbreak investigation.

The CFIA will continue their investigation, working closely with the Ministry of Health to ensure the products are taken from marketplace shelves.

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