CFIA HEALTH HAZARD ALERT: Botulism From McEwan Gourmet Grocery


Certain vacuum packaged fish products sold at McEwan Gourmet Grocery Store, may contain dangerous bacteria


Clostridium botulinum

Clostridium botulinum (Photo credit: hukuzatuna)

OTTAWA, April 16, 2012 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain vacuum packaged fish products, described below, because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by this bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.The following vacuum packaged fish products, sold in various weights, listed below are affected by this alert:


Brand Product Best Before Date
North 44 Smoked Salmon mcewan’s own 04/20/12
Kristapson’s Smoked Salmon 04/20/12 & 06/11/12


These products have been sold only at McEwan Gourmet Grocery Store located at 38 Karl Fraser Road, North York, Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.  Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with the toxin may cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, dry throat, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.


For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).  For information on Clostridium botulinum, visit the Food Facts web page at:


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