Saputo Inc. is recalling Neilson brand Party Skimmed Chocolate Milk from the marketplace in Canada because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There are illnesses that have been reported associated with the consumption of this product.
The first recall, issued June 3, 2016, was for the Milk in 4 liter containers with one expiration date. The second recall, issued June 5, 2016, expands the recall to include more products.
The recalled products are all Neilson Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk, 1%, with all best before dates up to and including JN22. The 4 liter container has the UPC number 0 66800 00047 3. The 2 liter container has UPC number 0 66800 00042 8. The 1 liter container has UPC number 0 66800 00043 5. The 750 ml container has UPC number 0 66800 10068 5. The 473 ml container has UPC number 0 66800 10023 4. And the 237 ml container of the milk has UPC number 0 66800 10017 3. You can see pictures of product packages at the CFIA web site.
If you purchased any of these products, do not consume them. Throw them away in a sealed container or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution to kill any remaining bacteria. Listeria monocytogenes can grow at refrigerator temperatures, and freezing temperatures do not kill it.
If you consumed any of these products, watch yourself for the symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning for the next 70 days. Symptoms include stiff neck, flu-like symptoms, high fever, severe headache, nausea, abdominal cramps, muscle aches, and diarrhea. If you do feel ill, see your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or have a chronic illness.