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In late October, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a warning about Oickles Tasty Bites brand sandwiches . The concern that these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause listeriosis, a food borne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The following Oickles Tasty Bites sandwiches are affected by this alert.

Product Best Before dates (up to and including)
Roast Beef Sandwich Oct 25, 2008 and Oct 26, 2008
Roast Beef Sub Oct 25, 2008 and Oct 26, 2008

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

If you suffer from food poisoning, you need to get immediate medical care. If it continues or there are long term affects, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of samples, checking for health alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.

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