Canada names investigator for listeriosis outbreak

Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:30pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper named an investigator on Tuesday to look into last August's outbreak of listeriosis, which was caused by meats that were contaminated while being processed by Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

He named Sheila Weatherill, a nurse who has been president of an integrated, academic health system in Edmonton, Alberta, as the investigator.

The outbreak has been linked to at least 20 deaths. Many more people were sick or hospitalized.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Peter Galloway)