Listeria contamination is the reason a big recall of Neilson’s chocolate milk is being expanded. Illnesses may already be linked to consuming the milk products according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reports. Further lab testing is underway to confirm the link.

Saputo Inc. announced on Saturday it was recalling four-litre bags of Neilson brand partly skimmed chocolate milk sold in Ontario and Quebec.

On Sunday night, the recall was expanded to include additional packages of the milk, after the CFIA conducted a food safety investigation which means the recall now includes: the 2-litre and 1 litre cartons, and the 750 ml, 473 ml, and 237 ml sizes.

All had Best Before dates up to and including JN22, and all were manufactured at Saputo’s Georgetown, Ont. facility (Plant registration # 1590).

“The Plant Registration Number ‘1590’ that appears on packages can assist consumers in identifying the affected products,” the CFIA said.

If you have the products at home it is recommended to throw them out or get a refund from the store you purchased it from. The CFIA also recommends calling your doctor if you do think you are sick from drinking the recalled items.


Listeria can cause vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headaches and neck stiffness. Most recover from listeriosis, but the infection can lead to premature delivery or stillbirth in pregnant women. It can also be fatal in the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

The CFIA says the investigation continues.

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