Health officials are investigating whether a second death in Quebec is linked to a bacterial outbreak related to tainted meat from Maple Leaf Foods. Listeria-contaminated meat is connected to several deaths in Canada. It has led to massive recall of Maple Leaf products.
The Quebec Health and Agriculture departments say the cases of listeriosis in the province are from various random sources. So far one death in the province has been traced back to the Maple Leaf plant in Toronto.
Cases appear regularly
Since the first of January this year, 42 cases of listeriosis have been reported in Quebec.
Eight of those people have died.
Officials say the average age of the victims is 79.