MAPAQ Issues a Warning on Marche Badre Anchovies

Warning not eat anchovies sold in Marche’ Badre

Quebec, October 30, 2012 – MAPAQ, in collaboration with the Division of Food Inspection Agency of the City of Montreal and Marche’ Badre Inc.,  5905 Belanger Street, Montreal, Quebec, is warning the public not not consume anchovies sold by this company, because the histamine concentration exceeds acceptable limits due to inappropriate conservation in this property.

The product that is the subject of this warning was sold in a size 60 g, unrefrigerated, until 3 October 2012 inclusive at the designated facility above. The product is packed in a transparent plastic bag, bears the inscription “SALAISON ANCHOVIES, PRODUCT OF ALGERIA.”

People who have this product in their possession are advised not to consume it. They must either return it to the institution where they bought it or throw it away. The company is voluntarily recalling the product. They have agreed with MAPAQ and the Division of Food Inspection Agency of the City of Montreal to broadcast this warning as a precaution. It should be noted that no cases of illness associated with the consumption of this food has been reported to date MAPAQ.

Even if the product does not show evidence of tampering or smells spoiled, the analysis revealed the presence of histamine concentrations exceeding the maximum established.  Consumption, even after cooking, foods containing high amounts of histamine can cause shortly after ingestion, the following symptoms: rash, face edema, flushing, burning in the throat, itching, tingling of the skin usually accompanied by headache, heart palpitations, dizziness or nausea, stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhea. In general, symptoms occur quickly, within a few minutes or a few hours, and then disappear spontaneously after a few hours. It is recommended to consult a doctor if symptoms persist for several days.

Additional Information

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Tel. : 418 380-2100,

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