(Aug. 11, PACKER WEB EXCLUSIVE) The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Ottawa, Ontario-based Continental Mushroom Corp. Ltd. warned consumers that the company’s sliced mushroom products may have been exposed to Listeria monocytogenes.
Continental announced a voluntary recall Aug. 1.
There have been no reported illnesses, according to the food inspection agency.
Mass mushroom recall
“We did a mass recall of everything we had out,” said Lyle Whitham, Continental Mushroom’s general manager, on Aug. 8. “Being they were fresh mushrooms, all of it had been consumed. If we had a compromise in our sanitation procedures, we weren’t sure where it started or ended.”
He said the company has since conducted mass samplings of its product.
“Unfortunately it’s not an immediate test, so it will take close to two weeks for us to get those results back,” he said. “So we’ve just shut that line down. Our intention is to try to find where the issue is.”
Whitham said the Canadian agency found the listeria during a routine inspection July 22 of a warehouse in Montreal. The company was notified Aug. 1 that the agency’s labs discovered the listeria.
“They wanted us to pull lot number 200, and we pulled 200 to 214 to be safe,” he said.
Continental announced the recall of three products:
- Continental brand Quickslice triple-washed mushrooms with the Universal Product Code 0 64798 00005 5;
- Fresh Obsessions brand pre-washed sliced white mushrooms, UPC code 0 69200 00902 2; and
- Fresh Obsession’s sliced crimini mushrooms, UPC code 0 69200 00502 4.
Canadian retailers only
The Fresh Obsession products included in the recall were sold only at Loeb stores in Ontario and Quebec, and indicate “Continental Mushroom” above the lot code on the cellophane wrapper. All three products were sold in 227-gram packages bearing lot codes beginning with 200 to 214, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency alert.
The 36-year-old company is one of the largest mushroom farms in Ontario that supplies product in Canada. It ha2 sold product in the U.S., but not in the last two years because of currency exchange rates, Whitham said.
“We’ll go back into the U.S. once the exchange rate goes back to historical norms,” he said.