Hero pay is coming back in Manitoba, Toronto and Ontario's Peel Region.
Executives made calls and exchanged emails but say the decisions were made due to several factors.
His comments came after Loblaws, Metro and Sobey's all reversed pay premiums for employees.
The safety measures are being rolled out during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listeria symptoms can include vomiting, nausea and a severe headache.
The chain says the move comes in response to consumer demand.
All of the recalled items in the Maritimes have a best-before date of Oct. 7.
Rising energy costs, higher minimum wages in some places and the trade war with the U.S. are taking a toll.
The victim, who also reported that he was pushed, decided not to press charges.