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Yeah, Don't Eat Deli Meat...

Posted Aug 27 2008 8:19am

Canada says 12 people have died after eating listeria-contaminated meats from Maple Leaf Foods. So far there have been 26 confirmed cases of listeriosis and another 29 suspected cases. Reuters has the latest details:

Maple Leaf has said it's unlikely it will be able to determine how its meat was contaminated, explaining that the listeria bacterium is common and pervasive.

"It's very, very, very difficult, if not impossible, to pinpoint a cause," Chief Financial Officer Michael Vels told analysts on Monday before the latest health announcement.

"I don't know how important that is to consumers. I think our perspective is what's more important is we let them know what's going on and we take swift and conservative action to safeguard their health," Vels said.

Maple Leaf is double-checking procedures at all of its 23 plants but has no reason to believe any other products are at risk of contamination, he said.

Reimbursing customers for returned products, cleaning the plant and other direct expenses will cost the company C$20 million before taxes, Vels said.

Maple Leaf Foods CEO and President, Michael McCain, offered this video apology on YouTube: Message from Maple Leaf Foods regarding Listeria Recall.

Now, let’s get down to business. Don’t eat cold cuts. They’re beyond gross. In fact, similar foods like sausage and hotdogs make Dr. Fuhrman’s list of the MOST unhealthy foods. Also, Dr. Fuhrman suggests NOT eating deli meat if you’re pregnant; so does The New York Times.

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