Gort’s Gouda Cheese E. coli Outbreak Leaves One Dead, Triggers Recall

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Health Hazard Alert – Certain Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm brand raw milk cheeses may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
September 17, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – E. coli O157:H7
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm (EST 4478)
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
 

Advisory details

Ottawa, September 17, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm (EST 4478) are warning the public not to consume cheese products described below because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

This recall is the result of an ongoing food safety investigation initiated as a result of a recent outbreak investigation. There may be recalls of additional products as the investigation at this facility continues.

All sizes of the raw milk cheeses listed below are affected by this recall.

These affected products were sold at the manufacturer’s outlet, at retail stores in Alberta and British Columbia, and through internet sale from May 27 to September 14, 2013, inclusive.

Lot codes 122 to 138 are affected by this recall.

Some product packages may not bear a lot code or indicate that the cheese was made with raw milk. These products were also sold clerk-served from deli counters with or without a label or coding. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer.

There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. (See CBC News Article below).

The manufacturer, Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm, Salmon Arm, BC is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Medium Gouda Cheese Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Aged Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm X Aged Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Cumin Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Greek Blend: Onion, Paprika, Parsley, Pepper, Thyme, Oregano Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Gouda Cheese with Jalapeno Peppers Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Smoked Gouda Cheese Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Gouda Cheese with Red Peppers, Ginger Onions & Garlic Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Peppercorn, Ginger, Paprika, Onion & Garlic Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Parsley, Celery, Onion, Garlic, Dill & Chives Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Maasdammer
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Beaufort
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Parmesan
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Mazouda

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Aged Quaso de Prato
Greek Blend: Onion, Paprika, Parsley, Pepper, Thyme, Oregano
Maasdammer
Beaufort
Mazouda
Medium Gouda Cheese Quaso de Prato
Cumin Quaso de Prato
Gouda Cheese with Jalapeno Peppers Quaso de Prato
Smoked Gouda Cheese Quaso de Prato
Gouda Cheese with Red Peppers, Ginger Onions & Garlic Quaso de Prato
Peppercorn, Ginger, Paprika, Onion & Garlic Quaso de Prato
Parsley, Celery, Onion, Garlic, Dill & Chives Quaso de Prato
 

E. coli cheese outbreak in B.C., Alberta leaves 1 dead, 10 ill

Gort’s Cheese of Salmon Arm, B.C., suspected in outbreak

CBC News

1 dead after E. coli outbreak

One person has died and 10 have become ill in B.C. and Alberta after eating E. coli tainted products from Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm of Salmon Arm, B.C.

A statement from Health Canada said there were four cases of illness in B.C. and seven in Alberta.

“One of the cases in British Columbia has died, and the cause of death is currently under investigation,” said the Health Canada statement.

One person is still recovering in hospital and several cases remain under investigation, said B.C. Centre for Disease Control epidemiologist Dr. Eleni Galanis.

The illnesses began in July, with the majority of infected people displaying symptoms in late August to early September.

Some product packages may not bear a lot code or indicate that the cheese was made with raw milk, and CFIA advises consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product to contact their retailer.

Farm owner and operator Kathy Wikkerink said she was devastated by the news.

“We feel like we … we have hurt these people and it’s totally unintentionally … we were totally unaware of this bacteria being in any of our products,” she said.

“We only have raw milk cheese sales … people come here for raw milk cheese,” adding the farm will only make pasteurized cheese for the time being.

“Our shelves are bare and we just are trying to hold it together and stay alive,” she said.

It is illegal to sell unpasteurized milk, but cheese made from unpasteurized milk is legal for sale in Canada.

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Diwa Frozen Grated Coconut Recalled

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Health Hazard Alert – Diwa brand frozen grated coconut from the Philippines may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 12, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Diwa Products Ltd.
Distribution:
National
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8238
 

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 12, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Diwa Products Ltd. are warning the public not to consume Diwa brand Grated Coconut described below because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Diwa brand coconut, sold frozen, product of Philippines, is affected by this alert.

There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The importer, Diwa Products Ltd., Toronto, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC
Diwa Grated Coconut 16 oz. (454 g) None 6 28838 52049 3
Diwa Grated Coconut 40 x 16 oz. case SPO313 None

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Diwa Products Ltd. at 1-877-749-0023 or 1-416-754-0028

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these 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.

Diwa	Grated Coconut	16 ounce (454 grams)

Diwa	Grated Coconut - nutrition information
Diwa	Grated Coconut 40 x 16 ounce case
Diwa	Grated Coconut 40 x 16 ounce case - Code SP0313
 

 

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Recall Of Gorgonzola Cheese Expands

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Three more recalls involving Gorgonzola Cheese have been issued in the past two weeks.  Here are the involved recalls per the CFIA.

Health Hazard Alert – Certain Ballarini brand Gorgonzola cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
August 2, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Jan K Overweel Ltd.
Distribution:
National
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8200
 

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 2, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Jan K Overweel Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Ballarini brand Gorgonzola cheese products described below because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Also affected by this alert are the below products which may have been sold in smaller packages, cut and wrapped by some retailers. Consumers are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected products.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The importer, Jan K Overweel Ltd., Woodbridge, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC
Ballarini Gorgonzola D.O.P. Cremaverde 4 x 1.5 kg (Random weight) Code: ZAN03012,
Best Before: 2013/10/17
Best Before: 2013/11/16
Starts with
2724118
Ballarini Gorgonzola Dolce DOP 150 g Code: BAL10200,
Best Before: 2013/09/04
Best Before: 2013/10/08
8021398301540

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Jan K Overweel Ltd. at 905-850-9010

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. 

Ballarini - Gorgonzola D.O.P. CremaverdeBallarini - Gorgonzola D.O.P. Cremaverde - label
Ballarini - Gorgonzola  Dolce DOPBallarini - Gorgonzola  Dolce DOP - label

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Updated Health Hazard Alert – Certain Igor brand Gorgonzola Cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
July 30, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Berchicci Importing Ltd.
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, May be National, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8199
Advisory details
Ottawa, July 30, 2013 – The public warning issued on July 30, 2013 has been updated to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Berchicci Importing Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Igor brand Gorgonzola Cheese described below because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Also affected by this alert are the products below which may have been sold in smaller packages, cut and wrapped by some retailers. Consumers are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected products.

These products have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The importer, Berchicci Importing Ltd., Montreal, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. TheCFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

All lot codes and Best Before dates of the following Igor brand Gorgonzola cheese, product of Italy, are affected by this alert.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC
Igor “Gorgonzola Dolce” 1.5 kg 2443880 XXXXX*
* variable
Igor “Gorgonzola Piccante” 1.5 kg 2219109 XXXXX*
* variable
Igor “Gorgonzola Dolce DOP” 200 g 8 021398 256802

More information

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.

Igor - Gorgonzola Dolce, 1.5 kilogramIgor - Gorgonzola Dolce DOP, 200 gram

Igor - Gorgonzola Dolce DOP, 200 gram - label

Updated Health Hazard Alert – Certain Igor brand Gorgonzola Cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
July 30, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Agropur
Distribution:
Alberta, May be National, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8198

Advisory details

Ottawa, July 30, 2013 – The public warning issued on July 18, 2013 has been updated to include an additional product.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Agropur are warning the public not to consume the Igor brand Gorgonzola Cheese described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Also affected by this alert is the product below which may have been sold in smaller packages, cut and wrapped by some retailers. Consumers are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected product.

This product was distributed in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and New Brunswick. However, it may have been distributed in other provinces.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The importer, Agropur, St-Hubert, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

All lot codes and Best Before dates of the following Igor brand Gorgonzola cheese, product of Italy, are affected by this alert.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC
Igor Gorgonzola Igorcreme DOP 1/8 1.5 kg 2190010 014222

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Agropur Cheese and Ingredients Division
Fine Cheese Business Unit
Customer service: 1-450-443-4838 or 1-800-668-0806

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.

 

 Igor - Gorgonzola IgorcremeGorgonzola Igorcreme - label

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Clic Sesame Paste Tahina Recalled

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Health Hazard Alert – Clic brand tahina may contain Salmonellabacteria

Recall / advisory date:
July 16, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Distribution:
National
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, July 16, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Clic brand Tahina described below because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The CFIA is working with the importer to remove the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC
Clic Sesame Paste Tahina 454 g Lot Code – LOT # 1432/12 0 58504 74097 7

More information

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these 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. 

    • Sesame Paste Tahina
    • Sesame Paste Tahina-universal product code
    • Sesame Paste Tahina- Lot code
    • Sesame Paste Tahina-Nutrition Facts

 

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Agropur Recalls Il Villaggio Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese

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Health Hazard Alert – Certain Il Villaggio brand Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
July 15, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Agropur
Distribution:
Alberta, Manitoba, May be National, Ontario, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
 

Advisory details

Ottawa, July 15, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Agropur are warning the public not to consume the Il Villaggio brand Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese described below because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The importer, Agropur, St-Hubert, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC
Il Villaggio Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese 150 g package Best Before date 13/OC/15 67400 01454 9

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact

Agropur Cheese and Ingredients Division
Fine Cheese Business Unit
Customer service: 1-450-443-4838 or 1-800-668-0806

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.

    • Il Villaggio brand Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese
    • Il Villaggio brand Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese - Sweet and Creamy Flavor
    • Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese - Best Before date 13 october 15

 

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Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled in Ontario

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Health Hazard Alert – Certain Sunsprout and SproutsAlive brands alfalfa sprouts may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
June 12, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Sunsprout Natural Foods
Distribution:
Ontario
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, June 12, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sunsprout Natural Foods are warning the public not to consume the Sunsprout and SproutsAlive brand alfalfa sprouts described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The manufacturer, Sunsprout Natural Foods, Brantford, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Size UPC Additional Info
Sunsprout 140 g 0 57621 13501 7 Best before Code
BB JUN 13
SproutsAlive 140 g 0 69022 00030 6 Best before Code
BB JUN 13

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Glen Sinnamon, Sunsprout Natural Foods, at 403-227-0098 or email at headoffice@sproutz.com

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these 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.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

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Canadian Family to Sue Tanimura & Antle for Romaine Lettuce E. coli Death

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POSTED BY BILL MARLER ON APRIL 29, 2013
In August 2012, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) isolated E. coli O157:H7 in a sample of Tanimura & Antle romaine lettuce collected on August 8, 2012.  This finding prompted CFIA to issue a “Health Hazard Alert” notice on August 17, 2012 warning the public to not consume Tanimura & Antle brand romaine lettuce, UPC 0 27918 20314 9.[1]  The alert was expanded to include additional distribution information on August 20, 2012.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) posted a notice that on August 19 Tanimura & Antle was recalling “Wrapped Single Head Romaine.”[2]  Genetic testing by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) identified the strain of E. coli O157 found in the Tanimura & Antle sample as “ECXA1.1775/ECBN1.0012.”  See PFGE, Attachment No. 1. This was a rare strain, not seen in Canada since 2009.  The CFIA announcement noted that there had been “no reported illnesses associated with consumption of this product.”  Unfortunately, this assessment would prove to be tragically incorrect.  Two Canadians—a person in Ontario and a person in Alberta were identified as being infected with strain ECXA1.1775/ECBN1.0012.  Gail Bernacki was the Alberta resident identified as being a genetic match to the E. coli O157 strain found in Tanimura & Antle romaine lettuce.

On August 23, 2012, Mrs. Bernacki experienced onset of vomiting and diarrhea.  Her stool specimen collected at Rockyview General Hospital on August 26 was culture positive for E. coliO157:H7.  She eventually died on January 16th, 2013, leaving her husband, three children and a large, loving family.

Genetic testing by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) showed that Gail Bernacki was infected with E. coli O157:H7 strain ECXA1.1775/ECBN1.0012.  See Bernacki Completed NDR Interview Form, Alberta Health Services, Attachment No. 2.  CFIA analyzed a “partial head of Tanimura and Antle Romaine Lettuce UPC 0 27918 20314 9” from the Bernacki home on September 2012.  E. coli O157:H7 was not isolated in the uneaten portion of the lettuce but it is clear that the contaminated product was in the Bernacki home and that a portion had been consumed.  See CFIA Report of Analysis, Food Products Sampling Submission, Attachment No. 3.

Noted foodborne illness epidemiologist, Dr. John Kobayashi, reviewed the facts of the outbreak and Mrs. Bernacki’s E. coli O157:H7 infection.  Dr. Kobayashi opined on a more probable than not basis that Gail Bernacki was ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection and that the source of her infection was Tanimura and Antle Romaine, which was contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. See Expert Report of John Kobayashi, MD, Attachment No. 4.

Suit will be filed in Federal Court in California.  Download complaint.


[2]           See http://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm316256.htm.

 

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Desco Services Alimentaires Inc. Recalls Le Champ Du Coq Chicken Breast Strips

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Health Hazard Alert – Certain Seasoned, Cooked Chicken Breast Strips prepared by Le Champ du Coq Inc., may containSalmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
April 23, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Desco Services Alimentaires Inc.
Distribution:
Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
 

Advisory details

Ottawa, April 23, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Desco Services Alimentaires Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Le Champ du Coq brand Seasoned, Cooked Chicken Breast Strips because they may be undercooked and, therefore, contaminated with Salmonella.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The distributor, Desco Services Alimentaires Inc., Boisbriand, Québec, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC Additional Info
Le Champ du CoqInc. Seasoned, Cooked Chicken Breast Strips kg Best Before: 2013-NO-05 83569400974043 Bear the stamp, “CANADA 209”

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Desco Services Alimentaires Inc. at 450-437-7182; or,

CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these 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.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

    • Seasoned, Cooked Chicken Breast Strips

 

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Osmat Imports Stuffed Eggplants Recalled

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Health Hazard Alert – Osmat Imports brand Stuffed Eggplants may contain dangerous bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
April 10, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Clostridium botulinum
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Osmat Imports
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, April 10, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Osmat Imports are warning the public not to consume the Osmat Imports brand Stuffed Eggplants product described below because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The affected product, Osmat Imports brand Stuffed Eggplants, was sold in 2 kg jars (4.4 lbs) bearing UPC 8 37770 00009 7 and Best Before: Lot 6 EXP JA 14.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The importer, Osmat Imports, North Vancouver, BC is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC Additional Info
Osmat Imports Stuffed Eggplants sold in 2 kg jars (4.4 lbs) 8 37770 00009 7 Best Before: Lot 6 EXP JA 14.

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Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with the toxin may cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, dry throat, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

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Nova Scotia officials knew of E. coli outbreak 5 days before public

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The Canadian Press
By Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – Mon, 25 Mar, 2013

HALIFAX – Public health officials in Nova Scotia knew they were dealing with an outbreak of E. coli five days before they informed the public about it in early January, documents obtained by The Canadian Press show.

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief public health officer, fields questions at a news conference in Halifax on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. Public health officials in Nova Scotia knew they were dealing with an outbreak of E. coli five days before they informed the public about it in early January, documents obtained by The Canadian Press show. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer…

The first indication that staff were aware of the E. coli 0157 outbreak appears in two emails sent by the province’s chief medical officer to staff with the Health Department and district health authorities on Dec. 31, 2012.

In one of the emails, Dr. Robert Strang says the Health Department was in the process of gathering more information about the outbreak and officials would meet on Jan. 2 to assess it.

Notes from that day’s meeting, which were released under access-to-information legislation, show that Health Department officials knew there were dealing with seven confirmed cases of E. coli 0157 affecting people ranging in age from 18 to 83.

Those notes also show that six of those people reported eating at fast food restaurants and they showed symptoms of the bacterial infection from Dec. 23-26, 2012. Officials were also aware of an E. coli outbreak of the same strain in New Brunswick but decided to delay notifying the public, the notes show.

“There have been no media calls yet. Until we know what the link is, we will provide standardized messaging,” the notes say.

“If NB is sending messaging out, we should be consistent. Delay 24 hours.”

It wasn’t until Jan. 4 that the department issued a news release confirming it was investigating the cases, two of which required hospital admission. No one died.

In an interview, Strang said he doesn’t believe Health Department officials tried to withhold information from the public. Instead, he said they needed to gather more information from the people who contracted the infection.

“The judgment was that we needed to wait at least 24 hours … so we have something concrete that we can say to the public,” Strang said.

“What do you say publicly without doing unnecessary harm or creating unnecessary anxiety? So we’d respond if questions came to us, but we didn’t feel we were ready yet to go proactively because we didn’t have enough of the detail.”

New Brunswick’s Health Department went public with its outbreak of E. coli on Jan. 3, prompting calls to Nova Scotia’s Health Department that day from the news media, the documents show.

Strang said New Brunswick’s chief medical officer was able to tell the public a day earlier because that province’s outbreak occurred a few days before the one in Nova Scotia.

He said he was first alerted by the on-call medical officer of health to reports of a few cases of E. coli over the weekend of Dec. 29 and 30.

“With the information I had, I wasn’t concerned enough to bring people in on New Year’s Day,” he said. “My judgment was that it could certainly wait until the next working day.”

Liberal health critic Leo Glavine said the province needs a more robust process to ensure timely disclosure of public health matters, such as the E. coli outbreak.

Glavine said because the strain of the bacteria is potentially fatal, Strang should have issued an alert earlier.

“I think within 24 hours, if the medical officer knows, he should be sending this information out to the public, he said.

The strain of E. coli was the same one found in the Walkerton, Ont., water disaster in 2000 that killed seven people.

Strang said the E. coli outbreak would have been treated differently if there had been an indication of ongoing sickness due to the bacteria.

“If we had a sense that there was an ongoing risk to the public, we would have been communicating that right away,” said Strang.

The outbreak, which was also detected in Ontario, was later traced to shredded lettuce distributed by FreshPoint Inc. to KFC and Taco Bell restaurants.

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