True North recalls product over possible listeria contamination

True North Salmon Co. Ltd. is recalling True North Seafood Company brand Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill from the marketplace due to possible listeria contamination. 

The recall of the salmon flakes, which were distributed in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and possibly throughout the rest of Canada, was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results, the agency said in a statement.

“Consumers should not consume the recalled product,” CFIA said. “The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.”

There have been no reported illnesses from eating the product, according to CFIA.

The recall applies to all Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with dill with “Best Before” dates up to and including 17 November, 2017. According to True North, about 107 pounds of product are involved in the recall, coming out of 3 October production from the company’s AFS facility. True North said the recall affects two of its customers: Loblaw and Sobeys.

In response to the potential listeria contamination, True North, which is part of the Cooke family of brands, said it has undertaken several preventative measures.

“We engaged outside sources to inspect our processing facilities and our practices and make recommendations for further improvement [and] we asked our chemical supplier and their microbiologist to visit our facilities to review all our practices and our sanitation techniques,” the company said in a release.


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