Ivanhoe re-opens after six-week shutdown

Posted By Megan Huff

Posted 4 hours ago

Source of Article:  http://www.communitypress.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1248787



Ivanhoe - They're back to making cheese at Ivanhoe and the store is once again open to customers.

The cheese factory, which had been in continuous operation since 1870, resumed production this week after getting the go-ahead Oct. 10 from the Canadian Food Inspection Agecy. Forty-seven employees returned to work Tuesday after being laid off for six weeks while the plant underwent a thorough cleaning.

"They have adopted a new protocol with respect to cleaning and

sanitizing and how products are handled," said Leslie Wood, Ivanhoe's media rep.

Ivanhoe Cheese Inc. developed the protocol with the help of the CFIA and a third party.

Ivanhoe shut down Sept. 2 after Listeria monocytogenes was found present in the cutting room. That led Ivanhoe to issue a recall of products that might have been contaminated with the bacteria which, when ingested, can cause listeriosis, resulting in symptoms such as high fever, severe headache and nausea.

There's no word on how much the product recall has cost Ivanhoe cheese. Employees were fully compensated for their time off the job, and retail locations and customers were given full refunds for products that were returned.

Wood said cost was never an issue when weighed against the potential health risks the outbreak could have caused.

"None of this resulted in illness and it was our first priority to make sure of that," she said. "These things take time to be dealt with and cleaned up." she added, "especially when things were happening all over Canada."

Ivanhoe Cheese Inc., which was purchased by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative this summer, will be holding a Family Fun Day this Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. There will be a barbecue, face painting, cotton candy, games for all ages and entertainment by a clown and the Dixieland Dudes.



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