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Mushroom recall: Possible listeria contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection agency has expanded their mushroom recall. More products sold in B.C. and across Canada may be contaminated with listeria.

By Today's Parent

Photo courtesy of CFIA Photo courtesy of CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced an expansion of their mushroom recall, to include three products sold in B.C. The mushrooms have been recalled because they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

The CFIA is advising the public not to consume the following products:

- Champ's Mushrooms Sliced Crimini Mushrooms, 200 grams. - Champ's Mushrooms Sliced Crimini Mushrooms, 227 grams. - President's Choice Cremini Sliced Mushrooms, 454 grams. - (Recalled June 7:) Champ's Mushrooms Sliced Mini Bella Mushrooms 680 grams—sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and potentially other areas across Canada.

The CFIA reminds consumers that listeria contamination is not noticeable in foods. Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, fever, aches and neck pain. It is, of course, particularly dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

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