On Saturday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a public warning alerting people from using any of the Lafleur brand Original hotdogs that carry an expiry date of the 22nd of October. The reason behind the warning is that these products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
In case of infection, the patient would experience symptoms similar to that of food pensioning, as high fever, severe headache, and nausea. In addition, the patient would also feel some neck stiffness. The main danger lies in the fact that the contaminated products will not smell or taste different. However, after the consumption, the patient would end up suffering from listeriosis, a food-borne illness.
Senior adults, young children, pregnant women and individuals with weak immunity system, are more vulnerable towards experiencing severe symptoms than other patients. In case of pregnant women, this kind of bacterial infection would ultimately lead to premature delivery or stillbirths.
There are 120 packs of that contaminated products being distributed currently among local retailers, in Quebec, Montreal, Laval, Lanaudiere, Laurentides and Monteregie.
Richard Vigneault, the Spokesperson for the manufacturer, Olymel L.P., “There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product”.
However, the manufacturer did not hold any unusual measures to protect the customers.