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AVAILABLE EXPERT - Produce recall due to possible listeria contamination

Monday, January 25, 2016

Queen's University researcher Scott Lougheed is available to comment on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recall warning for a number of pre-packaged salads over possible listeriosis contamination. To date, the recall extends across Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, with contamination linked to 12 illnesses and one possible death.

"Growing consumption of raw produce in the last decade, increased industry concentration, and global distribution means that even minor lapses in hygiene can have widespread food safety implications," says Mr. Lougheed. "As a result in these shifts in production and consumption we are seeing an increase in the number and size of pathogen-related outbreaks associated with products like those recently recalled." 

Scott C Lougheed is a PhD candidate in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University. His research interests include food and the environment, food waste, and food safety. 

Mr. Lougheed is available on January 25 until 1PM, and throughout the week ending January 29 to comment on developments relating to the recall.

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