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Saputo Inc. today expands the public warning issued on June 4, 2016. Following its June 4, 2016 announcement, Saputo Inc. closed the production line on which the recalled Neilson branded partly skimmed chocolate milk product was manufactured. Although the exact cause of the incident remains undetermined, out of an abundance of caution and because the Company puts the public’s health first, Saputo is voluntarily recalling certain Neilson chocolate milk products in the marketplace.

This recall includes all products manufactured until June 3, 2016 on the affected production line of its Georgetown, Ontario facility (Plant registration # 1590). They have best before dates up to and including June 22. No other Neilson chocolate milk products are affected by this recall.

We continue to work closely with CFIA in their ongoing investigation. There have been reported illnesses that may be associated with the consumption of these products. Further lab testing is underway to confirm the possible link. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below. The following table lists the affected products:

The affected products have been sold through retail outlets, supermarkets and food service institutions such as restaurants, hospitals, day care centres and nursing homes. If you believe you may have purchased an affected product, please return it to the place of purchase for a refund. The product name, format, UPC, Best Before Date, Plant Registration Number or Codes that appear on packages can assist consumers in identifying the affected product. No other product codes are affected. The affected products have been distributed in Ontario and Québec.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die. Saputo Inc. is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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