On September 28, 2019, the Canada Food Inspection Agency issued a recall of various cooked diced chicken meat products to possible Listeria bacterial contamination. We have determined that Sinai Health System used this product as part of our in-patient meals served between July 1 and September 20, so individuals who were inpatients and consumed these products at Sinai Health System may have been exposed to Listeria. The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak of human illness related to this recall.

Listeria is a bacteria that can contaminate food and cause an intestinal infection when ingested. Most individuals exposed to Listeria do not develop an illness, and those that do usually develop symptoms within three weeks of eating contaminated foods. Rarely symptoms may develop up to 3 months after exposure. Common symptoms include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and cramps.

Frail older adults, pregnant women, or individuals with weakened immune symptoms may develop a more serious illness.

If you were an inpatient at Mount Sinai Hospital or Bridgepoint Active Healthcare and experience these symptoms, please speak to your family doctor, or a member of your care team and let them know about potential exposure to Listeria.

More information on the recall is available on the Canada Food Inspection Agency website.

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