again positive for deadly bacteria
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TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian food maker linked to a bacteria outbreak that
caused at least 20 deaths and the country's largest meat recall last year has
again tested positive for listeria.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Saturday inspected a subsidiary of
Maple Leaf Foods after testing showed positive results for listeria bacterium.
The subsidiary, Cappola Food Inc., makes deli
meat for the Canadian and U.S.
markets. No illnesses have been reported.
Listeriosis is a type of food poisoning that can
cause nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
CFIA spokesman Paul Mayers said tainted meat
tested in the past month has been destroyed as inspectors look for the cause
of the bacteria.
The CFIA said there is no evidence of anyone being sickened, and no
warnings or recalls have been issued. It was not clear whether any of the
meat had left the plant.
"There was and is no food safety risk to the public," Maple Leaf
Foods said in a statement.
Maple Leaf Foods is still recovering from last summer's listeriosis outbreak, which killed at least 20 across Canada and
prompted Prime Minister Stephen Harper to call for a review of the country's
food inspection practices.
The company has said last year's outbreak was isolated to one Toronto
plant — listeria bacterium was found deep inside
slicing equipment used on processed meats — and none of its other 22
processing plants nationwide were affected.
Linda Smith, a Maple Leaf spokeswoman, said the company has "the most
stringent protocol" and therefore it is getting the recent positive
Positive tests may happen daily, but they do not pose a threat to the
public when the product is stopped from going to market, she said.