Certain dried BASIL may contain Salmonella bacteria
OTTAWA, August 8, 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 withSalmonella.
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.
|Valli||Basil flakes||15 g||7 78768 14324 5||Sold since February 23, 2012|
|Sold from bulk drawer at Herb & Spice
375 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON
|Basil||Various weights||None||Sold from March 6, 2012 to August 7, 2012 inclusive|
|New Middleast Supermarket||Basil (Habak)||Various weights||Begins with 0 200170||Sold at New Middleast Supermarket,
1755 Bank Street, Ottawa,ON
from March 29, 2012 to August 8, 2012 inclusive
|Mid-East Foods||Sweet Basil||Various weights||Begins with 200302 50||Sold at Mid-East Foods,
1010 Belfast Road, Ottawa, ON
since May 1st, 2012
These products have been distributed in Quebec and Ontario. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces.
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. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
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).
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