Certain GILLS ONIONS brand FRESH DICED RED ONIONS, FRESH DICED YELLOW ONIONS, and FRESH DICED CELERY & ONIONS may contain Listeria monocytogenes
This recall affects Loblaw Companies Ltd., Canada Safeway Ltd.,and The Produce People Inc. as well as the original posting for Sobeys Quebec Inc.
OTTAWA, July 18, 2012 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Gills Onions brand Fresh Diced Red Onions, Fresh Diced Yellow Onions, and Fresh Diced Celery & Onions described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The following Gills Onions brand products, Products of U.S.A., sold in 198 g packages, are affected by this alert:
|Product||UPC*||Lot Code||Best Before Date / Use By Date|
|Fresh Diced Yellow Onions||6 43550 00044 3||22YAA1A2184||07/20/12|
|Fresh Diced Red Onions||6 43550 00045 0||22RAA1A2184||07/20/12|
|Fresh Diced Celery & Onions||6 43550 00046 7||22YAA1A2184||07/20/12|
*The UPC can also be found on products not included in this recall, please refer to the lot code in order to identify the recalled product.
These products may have been distributed nationally.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.
The CFIA is working with Canadian importers, distributors, and retailers to recall the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.
For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 /TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).
Gills Onions brand Fresh Diced Red Onions, Fresh Diced Yellow Onions, and Fresh Diced Celery & Onions