The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have been testing samples of recalled meat for the past week to determine the source of a fatal outbreak of listeriosis, caused by Listeria monocytogenes.
On Saturday, the PHAC raised to 21 the number of cases of the outbreak that have been confirmed so far in four provinces. The agency said in a statement that 16 of the cases were found in
Officials were working to confirm if a fifth case in
Authorities did confirmed that the outbreak has been traced to a
Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and public health officials announced on Saturday night that genetic testing results from three samples of the recalled products show at least two tested positive for the outbreak strain of Listeria. The results are "highly significant" and show the investigation is "on the right path," the PHAC said in a statement.
Maple Leaf is recalling all sliced deli meat and other products from the
Sources: CanWest News Service, Associated Press