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Death is blamed on tainted cheese

August 30, 2008|From Times Wire Services

One person has died and 87 are sick with salmonella food poisoning from tainted cheese in the Canadian province of Quebec, health officials said.

The outbreak comes amid consumer alarm over a massive recall by Maple Leaf Foods Inc. of ready-to-eat meats. An outbreak of listeriosis food poisoning from deli meats produced at the company's Toronto plant has been linked to the deaths of 15 people.

The salmonella outbreak, which officials said had no connection to the Maple Leaf case, involves three brands of cheese manufactured by Fromages La Chaudiere Inc., a small family-run business that sells in Quebec only.

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