The Okanagan region of southeast British Columbia is a long way from the Maple Leaf Foods ready-to-eat meat processing plant outside Toronto.
Nevertheless, an elderly Okanagan woman’s death in September was blamed on the national outbreak of listeria that was blamed on Maple Leaf. It was one of at least 20 deaths linked to the outbreak across Canada.
However, another elderly woman diagnosed with the bacterial infection in October at Kelowna General Hospital was not part of the outbreak.
Doctor Rob Parker with Interior Health has heard back on the lab results, and says it is not the same strain as the outbreak linked to Maple Leaf Foods.