Following a provincial product recall, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control is warning the public not to consume Camembert cheese manufactured by Moonstruck Organic Cheese of Saltspring Island.
The recall is the result of a routine sampling program by the BCCDC, which revealed one wheel of the finished product contained the listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Other batches of product may also be affected.
Three Camembert varieties are potentially contaminated, including White Moon, Savory Moon and Ash-Ripened.
Affected products include:
n Code 240110 with best-before dates of 03/03/10, 10/03/10 and 24/03/10.
n Code 200110 with best-before date of 03/03/10
n Code 290110 with best-before dates 10/03/10, 17/03/10 and 23/03/10.
n Code 050210 with best-before dates 17/03/10, 23/03/10 and 02/04/10.
n Code 120210 with best-before dates 23/03/10 and 02/04/10.
n Code 190210 with best-before date 02/04/10.
To view product labels go online to bccdc.ca/resources/news-alerts/alerts/ListeriaCheeseMarch8.htm.
Healthy individuals stricken with listeria may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal blood infections or meningitis in frail or elderly people and in others with weakened immune systems.
Although infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.
Those who have consumed the recalled cheese product and have symptoms compatible with listeria infection should call the 24-hour HealthLink BC Line at 1-866-215-4700.
Library set to hold big book sale
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System book sale will take place at Sahali Centre Mall from March 16 to March 21.
The book sale will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on each day, except for March 19 (9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and March 21 (noon to 5 p.m.).
Valley First creates endowment
Valley First has established a $1-million charitable foundation endowment that will provide grants to worthy causes in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson regions.
The endowment was created shortly before Valley First merged with Envision Financial to form First West Credit Union on Jan. 1.
Envision has maintained a charitable foundation since 1996 that has provided more than $1.5 million in grants in the communities the credit union serves.
The same foundation will hold the Valley First endowment as an enduring gift and distribute only the interest earned as grants beginning in 2011.