Tainted sandwiches sold in Markham, Richmond Hill

Public health officials are investigating a confirmed case of listeriosis connected to pre-made chicken sandwiches distributed by Classic Foods and sold at Highland Farms Supermarkets and Classic Mobile food trucks in Markham and Richmond Hill between July and September.

The confirmed case involves a Toronto resident. There has been no confirmation of reported illness in York Region linked to consumption of the product. The manufacturer has voluntarily notified its retailers to ensure the contaminated product is not for sale, according to York Region Public Health.

Listeria is a bacterium that can cause listeriosis, a serious but rare illness caused by eating foods contaminated with listeria, including unpasteurized (raw) dairy products, raw vegetables and uncooked meats. Symptoms can occur anywhere from three to 70 days after ingestion and may include vomiting, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, severe headache, constipation or fever.

Some people experience only mild flu-like symptoms, however, listeriosis is a serious concern for some high-risk groups, including the elderly and people with weakened immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions, such as cancer. In pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labour and serious illness or death in newborn babies.

If you’ve eaten this product in the past 70 days and are showing any symptoms and/or are experiencing an illness, Public Health advises you to contact your health care provider. For more information about listeriosis, visit york.ca/health or contact Public Health at 1-877-464-9675 ext. 73588 during regular business hours of Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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