Certain Ballarini brand Gorgonzola cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Starting date
August 2, 2013

Type of communication:

Alert sub-type:
Health Hazard Alert

Microbiological - Listeria

Hazard classification:
Class 1

Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recalling firm:
Jan K Overweel Ltd.


Extent of the product distribution:

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 2, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Jan K Overweel Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Ballarini brand Gorgonzola cheese products described below because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Also affected by this alert are the below products which may have been sold in smaller packages, cut and wrapped by some retailers. Consumers are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected products.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The importer, Jan K Overweel Ltd., Woodbridge, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the
effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC

Ballarini Gorgonzola D.O.P. Cremaverde 4 x 1.5 kg (Random weight) Code: ZAN03012,
Best Before: 2013/10/17
Best Before: 2013/11/16 Starts with

Ballarini Gorgonzola Dolce DOP 150 g Code: BAL10200,
Best Before: 2013/09/04
Best Before: 2013/10/08 8021398301540

Jan K Overweel Ltd.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:
Jan K Overweel Ltd. at 905-850-9010; or