Maple Leaf in precautionary recall of 9 products

Tue Aug 4, 2009 3:18am EDT
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(Reuters) - Maple Leaf Foods recalled nine wiener products produced under the Hygrade, Shopsy's and Maple Leaf brands at its plant in Hamilton, Ontario saying there was possibility that they may contain traces of listeria bacteria.

In a separate statement, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) warned the public not to consume the products that were being recalled.

The company said the move was just a precautionary measure and that it was in compliance with the government of Canada's new listeria policy.

"After last August's tragedy, Maple Leaf is being ultra cautious about listeria," Randall Huffman, chief food safety officer said in a statement.

In August Last year, Maple Leaf took full responsibility for a nationwide outbreak of listeriosis food poisoning, which has been linked to deaths of 15 people.

The company agreed to settle class-action lawsuits related to the outbreak for C$25 million in December.

(Reporting by Santosh Nadgir in Bangalore; Editing by Hans Peters)

<p>A sign for the Maple Leaf food processing plant is seen in Toronto August 21, 2008. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>