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Farm Boy cheese ball products may be contaminated with listeria: CFIA

Farm Boy cheese balls have been recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency due to possible Listeria contamination. CFIA

Grocery retailer Farm Boy is recalling six types of cheese ball products due to possible listeria contamination.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) made the announcement on Monday.

“This recall was triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency test results,” the federal agency said. “The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.”

The CFIA said if you find these products in your home, you should return them to Farm Boy or dispose of them.

“Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick,” the CFIA said. “Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness.”

The CFIA also added that there have been no reports of illnesses.

The Ottawa-based company, which was purchased by Empire Co. Ltd. in September 2018, has 28 stores in Ontario, including two in Toronto and one in Pickering.

The CFIA said the products were being sold up until Sunday. The table below details the type, size and UPC codes of the cheese balls covered by the recall.

Product Size UPC
Cheese Ball Trio – Fiesta, Cranberry Pecan, Bacon Cheddar and/or “FB Cheese Ball Trio” 360 g Starting with 0 238211
“FB Blue Cheese & Walnut Ball” 180 g Starting with 0 238274
Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball and/or “FB Cran Pecan Cheese Ball” 180 g 8 08912 00884 4 or Starting with 0 232337
Fiesta Cheese Ball and/or Farm Boy Fiesta Cheese Ball 180 g 8 08912 00883 7 or Starting with 0 238283
“FB Wht Choc Pecan Cran Ball” 180 g Starting with 0 238275
Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball and/or “FB Bacon Chedd. Cheese Ball” 180 g 8 08912 00885 1 or Starting with 0 238284