Eat Smart-brand kale salad has been recalled in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, P.E.I. and Quebec, because it could be contaminated with Listeria, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This recall affects 794-gram bags of Eat Smart’s Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Bag Kits with a best-before date of July 17, 2019 and the UPC 7 09351 89140 3. This recall was triggered by CFIA test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can 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. 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. In severe cases of illness, people may die, the CFIA said. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the product, but anyone who thinks they have become sick from it should call their doctor.
Stores are removing the product from their shelves, and consumers should check to see if they have recalled products in their home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.
Information and Image from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.