One dead, 87 ill, as salmonellosis cases reported across Quebec
August 30, 2008
One person has died and 87 are sick with salmonella food poisoning from tainted cheese in Quebec.
The outbreak comes amid consumer alarm over a massive recall by Maple Leaf Foods Inc of ready-to-eat meats. An outbreak of listeriosis food poisoning from deli meats produced at the company’s Toronto plant has been linked to the deaths of 15 people.
Quebec public health director Horacio Arruda said the salmonella outbreak had no connection to the Maple Leaf case.
Arruda also said that in one week this month there were as many salmonellosis cases reported in the province’s Eastern Townships as there are in an average year. He said about 40 per cent of those who contracted the bacteria were hospitalized for at least 24 hours to treat symptoms and dehydration.
Three brands of cheese manufactured by Fromages La Chaudiere Inc. were being recalled after an unusually high number of salmonellosis cases were reported.
La Chaudiere is a small family-run business that sells cheese and other dairy products in Quebec only.The brands of cheese recalled are La Chaudiere, Polo and Tradition, bought between July 24 and August 24, the health agency said in a statement.
Salmonella bacteria are a common cause of food poisoning, resulting in fever, chills, diarrhea and dehydration. Children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk.