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New Listeria Policy Claims A Success

While it was nothing on the scale of last year’s incident with Maple Leaf deli meats, a recall of sliced meat products from a Montreal company suggests new federal listeria rules help.

The recall involved Delstar Foods of Montreal that distributes ready-to-eat products under its own and Compliments brands. It recalled all its sliced meats in late August and early September after an in-plant test found listeria in some of its deli meats. As with Maple Leaf, a lot of attention is being paid to its slicing equipment.

At this time last year, the meat industry was reeling from the Maple Leaf recall that killed 22 and seriously sickened more than 50. So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the Delstar recall, which affected products in grocery stores across the country, says Garfield Balsom, a food safety and recall expert with the CFIA.

Once the magnitude of the problem became apparent, Delstar, which co-operated in the recall, decided to recall all its sliced meats with best-before dates of Aug. 27 to Oct. 1.

Delstar has halted production from its complete slicing division until further notice, the company notes.

The recall began Aug. 25 and affected smoked beef products distributed in the province of Quebec. On Aug. 28, a second buletin was issued expanding the list of products and scope of the recall to across the country.

The CFIA issued additional notices about the Delstar recall on Sept. 1 and Sept. 4.

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