Foodborne illness outbreak triggers national recall of multiple plant-based beverages

A large number of ‘Silk’ and ‘Great Value’ brands of plant-based beverages like those pictured above were recalled on July 8, 2024, due to the possible presence of listeria, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Images via CFIA website.

Health Canada has issued a recall on some plant-based refrigerated beverages due to the possible presence of microbial contamination.

Both Silk and Great Value branded plant-based refrigerated beverages were recalled on Monday, Jul. 8, 2024, as they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the government website.

Today, Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2024, Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) for the province, issued the following statement also warning Ontarians not to consume certain recalled Silk® and Great Value brand plant-based refrigerated beverages:

“On July 8, 2024, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced a recall that affects certain Silk® and Great Value brand plant-based refrigerated beverages as they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers are asked to visit the CFIA’s website for a complete listing of all recalled products and to visit the website regularly as there may be recalls of additional products as the food safety investigation continues.”

The “lot indicator” located on the affected products will include the numeral 7825. Image via CFIA website.

Moore also reminded Ontarians to check their fridges for the recalled products and, if any are found, to immediately discard them or return them to the location where they were purchased.

“Do not consume any recalled products. Contamination with Listeria does not change the smell, taste or appearance of food,” he explained.

As of Monday, Jul. 8, 2024, nine confirmed cases of listeriosis have been reported in Ontario as part of an ongoing investigation that is linked to the recalled products, the CMOH noted, adding that there have been five hospitalizations associated with this outbreak investigation. The Health Canada recall webpage detailed that this recall was triggered by findings during an investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak.

“I strongly advise the public, especially those at high risk for listeriosis, such as the elderly, pregnant women and those with weak immune systems, to make sure they do not consume these recalled products,” he expressed.

“The Ministry of Health is working closely with Local Public Health Agencies, Public Health Ontario, the CFIA, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada regarding the recall of these products.”

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