Listeria has turned up in tests of deli meat products
made by a subsidiary of Toronto's Maple Leaf
Foods, Cappola Food Inc., which ships to the
Canadian and U.S.
markets, according to The Associated Press.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency launched an inspection of Cappola after tests showed positive results for listeria bacterium. No illnesses have been reported, and
no warnings or recalls have been issued.
Although Maple Leaf Foods was at the center of a listeria
outbreak last summer that has been implicated in the deaths of 20 people, the
company said in a statement on its Web site that the latest incident is a
"routine" finding, and more a testament to the company's detection
practices rather than evidence of lax enforcement.
"The finding of listeria in a food plant may
occur daily. The goal of a well designed program is to generate those
findings, create data patterns for additional investigations and to use the
results of these findings on a daily basis to eradicate it at the location in
which it was found," the statement said.
Furthermore, the facility in question makes dry cured meats, a process that
does not promote the growth of listeria, the
statement said: "There was and is no food safety risk to the public."