(Original article posted December 14, 2008)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency today advised consumers in the province of Ontario that a single production batch of Old Style brand Pastrami is being recalled by the manufacturer, Mariposa Meats (Mississauga, ON), due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled pastrami is sold in 375 g packages bearing UPC #6 28292 50004 8, and can be identified by the date code 09JA15 (January 15, 2009). The item was distributed only in Ontario, according to the manufacturer. (Updated Dec 16 per revised CFIA notice)
No illnesses have been reported, but we would remind our readers that Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious – occasionally fatal – infections in susceptible individuals, including the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems.
Anyone who purchased a package of the recalled batch of Old Style brand Pastrami should either discard it or return it to the store for a refund.