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Saputo Inc.: Expanded Product Recall-Certain Process Cheese Slice Products May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

Friday, December 03, 2010

Saputo Inc.: Expanded Product Recall-Certain Process Cheese Slice Products May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes01:08 EST Friday, December 03, 2010MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - The public warning issued on November 26, 2010 has been expanded.Following its November 26, 2010 announcement, Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) closed the production line on which the recalled process cheese products were manufactured and began an investigation in collaboration with CFIA which is still ongoing. Although the exact cause of the incident remains undetermined, the Company is placing public health interest first and is therefore voluntarily recalling all process cheese products manufactured on the affected production line. Saputo Inc. is taking these broader precautionary actions to respond proactively to the situation. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the recalled products.Saputo Inc. is warning the public and food service institutions, such as restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, not to serve or consume the process cheese slice products described below as they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.The following products are affected by this recall:BrandProductFormatUPCPlant Registration Number (REG)Best Before Dates Up to and including Faith FarmsRibbon Slices Process Cheese Product Made with Swiss Cheese2 x 2 kg06594904002919002011 AL 16 Faith FarmsRibbon Slices Process Cheese Food2 x 2 kg06594904004319002011 JL 18Faith FarmsSubmarine Cut Process Cheese Food2 x 2 kg06594904005019002011 JL 09Faith FarmsPullman Slices Process Cheese Food2 x 2 kg06594904007419002011 MA 07No LabelPCF – Colored Pullman8 x 2.27 kgn/a19002011 OC 27St-AlbertRibbon Slices Process Cheese Food2 x 2 kgn/a19002011 JL 09SunspunPullman Slices Process Cheese Food2 x 2 kg06038302026219002011 AL 30SunspunRibbon Slices Process Swiss Food2 x 2 kg06038310136719002011 AL 15SunspunSubmarine Slices Process Cheese Food2 x 2 kg06038312803619002011 MA 10These process cheese slice products may have been sold through retailers, cash and carry and deli stores and may also have been sold to food service institutions such as restaurants, hospitals, day care centres and nursing homes. If you have purchased unlabelled processed cheese slices check with your place of purchase to determine if you have the affected product.These process cheese slice products have been distributed in Canada. This voluntary recall represents approximately 150,000kg of cheese.Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.Saputo Inc. is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers: Saputo Inc. at 1-800-672-8866;CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).About Saputo Saputo produces, markets and distributes a wide array of products of the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, yogurt, dairy ingredients and snack-cakes. Saputo is the 12th largest dairy processor in the world, the largest in Canada, the third largest in Argentina, among the top 3 cheese producers in the United States and the largest snack-cake manufacturer in Canada. Our products are sold in more than 40 countries under well-known brand names such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, Baxter, Dairyland, Danscorella, De Lucia, Dragone, DuVillage 1860, Frigo Cheese Heads, Kingsey, La Paulina, Neilson, Nutrilait, Ricrem, Stella, Treasure Cave, HOP&GO!, Rondeau and Vachon. Saputo is a publicly traded company whose shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SAP.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Sandy VassiadisSaputo Inc.Director, Corporate Communications514-328-3347