- The Fromagerie Bergeron is recalling several formats of two of its cheese products due to a possible Salmonella contamination.
- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recommends that consumers either throw away the affected cheeses or report them to the store of purchase.
Whether by temptation when you arrive at the grocery store checkout or on a poutine, cheese curds are always appreciated. But if you have bought this product lately, check that it is not affected by this notice. The Fromagerie Bergeron is recalling some of its cheeses that could be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The recall from this popular producer near Lévis affects about 15 batches. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is "conducting a food safety investigation that could result in the recall of other products," reads the notice.
To be more precise, this recall notice concerns several formats of two products, in particular: the Gouda curds and Le Populaire cheese. These cheeses are popular and regularly eaten in Quebec and Ontario. The gouda curds are often found on poutines.
The Le Populaire cheeses with an expiry date of January 21, 2020 and the Gouda curds with expiry dates of November 6 and 12, 2020 could be affected. The cheeses come from lots 19-1763 and 19-1764. The complete list of affected products can be found on the CFIA website.
Even though there are no reports of illness associated with the consumption of these products, people are reminded not to take risks and or consume these products. Salmonella-contaminated cheese will not smell or show signs of contamination.
Infection with this bacteria can cause short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Children, pregnant women, elderly people, and people whose immune systems are otherwise compromised may suffer from more serious infections.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency states that these cheeses must be discarded or reported to the store where they were purchased. It also indicates that if you experience any symptoms after the consumption of these products, you should contact your doctor.
In addition, if you are not sure about the contamination of your product, you can contact your retailer.
The full recall report is available on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency here.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.