Canadian company Maple Dale Cheese is recalling its brand of one-year-old cheddar because of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

This recall was triggered by the company. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product, which is sold in Ontario, Canada.

Dairysafe CEO Geoff Raven said this case provides an important reminder of the need to take action to prevent and manage the risk of listeria.

Listeria is a leading cause of microbial contamination recalls and is among the most serious food related illnesses – it can be fatal,” Geoff said.

“All members of your staff have an important role in protecting your product and business from the risk of listeria. Consider if your staff are adequately trained in hygienic practices relating to their job.

“The best of systems and equipment does not eliminate the risk of contamination if your people do not understand how contamination can occur.”

The Dairysafe website contains a listeria webinar series specifically developed for the dairy industry which is ideally suited to new employees or as a refresher. There is an online evaluation and certificate of completion. You can find it here.

Read the full story about the Canadian recall here.