CFIA EXPANDED HEALTH HAZARD ALERT: Certain GILLS ONIONS brand FRESH DICED RED ONIONS, FRESH DICED YELLOW ONIONS, and FRESH DICED CELERY & ONIONS may contain Listeria monocytogenes
OTTAWA, July 25, 2012 – The public warning issued on July 18, 2012 has been expanded to included additional codes.
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 withListeria monocytogenes.
The following Gills Onions brand products, Products of U.S.A., sold in 198 g packages bearing a Best Before date up to and including 08/03/12, are affected by this alert:
|Fresh Diced Yellow Onions||6 43550 00044 3|
|Fresh Diced Red Onions||6 43550 00045 0|
|Fresh Diced Celery & Onions||6 43550 00046 7|
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 these 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.
Gills Onions brand Fresh Diced Red Onions, Fresh Diced Yellow Onions, and Fresh Diced Celery & Onions