Certain dried BASIL may contain Salmonella bacteria
OTTAWA, August 7, 2012 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, serve or use the dried Basil products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with various parties to identify and remove all affected basil products that were made with the dried basil recalled by Shah Trading Co. Ltd., Scarborough, Ontario on August 3, 2012.
|Basil||Various weights||Begins with
|Sold at Dino’s Grocery Mart, 460 Notre Dame, Winnipeg, MBfrom February 23, 2012 to August 7, 2012 inclusive|
|Artisan Tradition||Sweet basil flakes||70 g||8 37789 24002 6||bq, cq, dq, eq, fq, gq|
|Artisan Tradition||Sweet basil flakes||250 g||8 37789 24002 6||bq, cq, dq, eq, fq, gq|
|CRAC – sold from bulk bin||Basilic # 1 herbe coupée (Basil leaf)||Various weights||None||Sold from bulk bin at Le CRAC Aliments sains 690 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC from July 16, 2012 to August 7, 2012|
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
The distributors are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. TheCFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
For information on Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.shtml
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