Maple Leaf recalls hotdogs on listeria concerns

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Maple Leaf has issued a voluntary recall of nine wiener products on fears they may be tainted with traces of listeria monocytogenes.

The products, usually sold as hotdogs, were made under the Hygrade, Shopsey’s and Maple Leaf brands at the company’s plant in Hamilton, Ontario.

The company said that the recall was a precautionary measure and that it was in full compliance with Canada’s new listeria policy. National health authorities said there had been no reported illnesses linked to consumption of the sausages.

"After last August's tragedy, Maple Leaf is being ultra-cautious about Listeria," said Dr. Randall Huffman, Chief Food Safety Officer for Maple Leaf Foods.

He added: "The Hamilton plant has a very strong food safety testing and sanitation program, and the Listeria monocytogenes found in random product samples is at very low levels.

Huffman said the company’s listeria-testing regime was more rigorous than required by regulations, which meant it was "finding it more and acting whenever there is a potential and even remote food safety risk."

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