Imported Oysters & Clams From Connecticut, USA, May Contain Vibrio parahaemolyticus Bacteria

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Updated Health Hazard Alert – Certain clams from Connecticut (USA) may contain Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 8, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Other
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Allseas Fisheries Corp.
Distribution:
Ontario
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8228
 Advisory details
Ottawa, August 8, 2013 – The health hazard alert issued on August 7, 2013 has been updated to include additional distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the clams described below because they may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased affected clams should contact their retailer.

The Canadian importers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture announced a recall of oysters and clams from certain harvest areas, reporting that they were implicated in a number of illnesses in the US. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these oysters and clams in Canada. More information on the US recall is available at http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?Q=529440&A=1401.

The following clams, sold in various weights and counts, are affected by this alert:

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Codes(s) on Product Additional Info
Littleneck clams Codes or dates of sale
Sold from July 3/13 to August 6/13, inclusively
Sold from
Loblaw, 60 Carleton St., Toronto ON
Loblaw, 1740 Richmond St. N., London ON
Loblaw, 5010 Glen Erin Dr., Mississauga, ON
Loblaw, 650 Dupont St., Toronto, ON
Loblaw, 3671 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke, ON
Loblaw, 585 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
Loblaw, 3501 Yonge St., North York, ON
Loblaw, 396 St Clair Ave. W., Toronto, ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 1385 Harmony Rd. N., Oshawa ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 51 Gerry Fitzgerald Dr., Toronto, ON
Sobeys, 344 Glendale Ave.St Catharines, ON
Zehrs, 200 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge ON
Zehrs, 472 Bayfield St., Barrie, ON

More information

Food contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause vibriosis, a food borne illness. Symptoms include watery and/or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, and chills. Symptoms usually appear about 12-24 hours after eating contaminated food products, but the onset can range from four to 96 hours. Severe illness is rare and occurs more commonly in persons with weakened immune systems.

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Natura Pet Products Inc. Recalls More Pet Foods

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Expanded recall: Various dry pet food products and treats manufactured by Natura Pet Products, Inc.

Starting date:
July 16, 2013
Posting date:
July 16, 2013
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety, Contamination, Microbial Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-34585
Expansion of May 6, 2013 recall.

Affected products

Various dry pet food products and treats manufactured by Natura Pet Products, Inc.

Product description

This recall involves the following brands of dry pet food with an expiration date prior to June 10, 2014:

  • California Natural
  • EVO
  • HealthWise
  • Innova
  • Karma
  • EVO treats and Innova Cat treats

Additionally, the recall includes Mother Nature dry pet food with an expiration date prior to June 10, 2014.

For a complete list of the specific products affected by this recall, please see the firm’s website.

Hazard identified

A manufacturer in the United States, Natura Pet Products, Inc. has recalled several batches of its dry pet food products due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

Pets such as dogs and cats, and their food can carry Salmonella bacteria. People can get infected with the bacteria from handling pets, pet food or feces. Symptoms of salmonellosis often include:

  • sudden onset of fever
  • headache
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting

For more information on the risks of Salmonella infection, please see the Public Health Agency of Canada’s fact sheet.

Neither Health Canada nor Natura Pet Products, Inc. has received any reports of illnesses related to the recalled pet food products.

Number sold

Approximately 582,536 bags of recalled dry pet food and treat products have been distributed in Canada.

Time period sold

The recalled pet food products were sold prior to June 10, 2013.

Place of origin

Fremont, NE, United States of America

Companies

Manufacturer
Natura Pet Products Inc.
2779 Rademakers Way
Fremont
68025
Nebraska
UNITED STATES
Distributor
Harmony Dog Products
Halifax
Nova Scotia
CANADA
Distributor
Le Gastronome Animal Inc.
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Quebec
CANADA
Distributor
Maddies Natural Pet Products
Edmonton
Alberta
CANADA
Distributor
Maddies Natural Pet Products
Delta
British Columbia
CANADA
Distributor
Pet Science Ltd.
Brampton
Ontario
CANADA

California NaturalEVOHealthWiseInnovaKarmaMother Nature dry pet food

What you should do

Consumers should stop using the product and contact Natura Pet Products, Inc. for further information, product replacement or refund.

Consumers may call Natura toll-free at 1-800-224-6123 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST). Additional information on the recalled products is found at the following firm’s website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

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Organic Pomegranate Kernels Recalled

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In light of the recent recalls of Organic Berry Blends that have linked imported Pomegranate Kernels from Turkey to an outbreak of Hepatitis A, HACCPCanada felt it necessary to inform the Canadian Public of the this recall in the United States.  UNFI imported potentially infected product from Townsend Farms into Canada and, although no notice has been released, UNFI may have also imported this product.  Be diligent and check the production dates if you possess the following product.

Scenic Fruit Company Recalls Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels Due To Possible Health Risk

June 26, 2013 – Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon today announced it is voluntarily recalling 5,091 cases (61,092 eight ounce bags) of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. Based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of an illness outbreak, the kernels have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus.

No illnesses are currently associated with Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels and product testing to date shows no presence of Hepatitis A virus in Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. The company’s decision to voluntarily recall products is made from an abundance of caution in response to an ongoing outbreak investigation by the FDA and CDC. The organic pomegranates are imported from Turkey.

Products were shipped from February 2013 through May 2013 to UNFI distribution centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington State. UNFI distribution centers may have further distributed products to retail stores in other states.

Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels are sold in eight-ounce (227 gram) resealable plastic pouches (see image) with UPC Code 0 42563 01628 9. Specific coding information to identify the product can be found on the back portion of these pouches below the zip-lock seal. The following lots are subject to this recall:

  • C 0129 (A,B, or C) 035 with a best by date of 02/04/2015
  • C 0388 (A,B, or C) 087 with a best by date of 03/28/2015
  • C 0490 (A,B, or C) 109 with a best by date of 04/19/2015

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the hepatitis A virus, including from food. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure and includes fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool.

Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to a contaminated food. In rare cases, particularly consumers who have a pre- existing severe illness or are immune compromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure.

Persons who may have consumed affected product should consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate, and consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their health care professionals or the local health department immediately.

For more information about the outbreak, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), TTY: (888) 232-6348.

Consumers with the product should not consume the product. The product should be disposed of immediately. Please keep proof of product purchase.

For questions or more information, contact the Scenic Fruit Company at 877-927-3434 or email to info@scenicfruit.com from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PDT

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NATURA PET ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF SPECIALIZED DRY PET FOODS DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

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Contact:

Consumer:  (800) 224-6123

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 18, 2013 – Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specific lots of dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

These products were packaged in a single production facility. During routine FDA testing, a single lot tested positive for the presence of Salmonella. There have been no reports of pet or human illness associated with this product. In an abundance of caution, Natura is voluntarily recalling all products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.

The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States and Canada. No canned wet food is affected by this announcement.

The affected products are:
BRAND LOT CODE/UPC/SIZES; EXPIRATION
Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Healthwise dry dog and cat foods All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Karma dry dog foods All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014

Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them.

For further information or a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).

About Natura Pet Products

Natura Pet Products is recognized as a trusted name behind natural and holistic pet foods and treats. Founded more than 20 years ago by John and Ann Rademakers and Peter Atkins, Natura is dedicated to providing the best natural nutrition. Natura is committed to making premium pet foods and treats based on nutritional science and high-quality ingredients, combined with trusted manufacturing processes, for complete pet health. Lines include: Innova®, California Natural®, EVO®, HealthWise®, Mother Nature® and Karma®. To learn more about Natura Pet Products visit www.NaturaPet.com.

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United States FSMA Imported Foods Rule Takes Effect

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By Linda Larsen (May 30, 2013)

One of the new rules mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is being put into effect today. the “Information Required in Prior Notice of Imported Food” is now a final rule and is the law of the land. This rule is designed to stop contaminated food at U.S. borders. If a food that is waiting for clearance into the country has been refused entry by another country, it will be rejected at the border.

Food importers must follow this rule, which was originally put into place in 2002 after 9/11. The rule states, “for purposes of this regulation, FDA considers ‘refused entry’ to mean a refusal of entry or admission of human or animal food based on food safety reasons, such as intentional or unintentional contamination of an article of food. This is consistent with the intent of the provision, which is to provide FDA with additional information to better identify imported food shipments that may pose a safety or security risk to U.S. consumers.”

Anyone who has submitted prior notice of imported food, including food for animals, must report any country to which the article has been refused entry. This rule is part of the Public Health Security and BIoterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, which was signed into law on June 12, 2002.

This rule has been in place as an interim rule since May 2011. There were no changes to the final rule. There were only fifteen comments published in the Federal Register; none objected to the rule. Most were asking for more information and definition about terms and phrases in the rule.

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Salmonella Found In Imported Hazelnuts Spurs A Massive Recall

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The following is a compendium of recall notices published by the CFIA regarding the massive recall of imported hazelnuts from the United States to Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.

Recall / advisory May 29, 2013

Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
various retailers
Distribution:
Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 29, 2013 – The public warning issued on May 23, 2013 has been updated to include additional product and distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain in shell hazelnuts described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products were sold in packages of various weights or in bulk at the locations indicated below.  Consumers who are unsure if they have affected product are advised to check with their retailer.

Product name Store name Location Dates Sold
“Avelines” D.F. Rouleau Inc. 241, Principale, Les Hauteurs, QC April 18, 2013
to May 10, 2013
“Avelines”
UPC code
200330800923
Marché St-Laurent Nouvelle Inc. 142, Rte 112, Nouvelle, QC March 11, 2013
to May 14, 2013
“Avelines” Épicerie Simon Rioux 133, rue Thériault, Padoue, QC March 29, 2013
to May 14, 2013
“Avelines”
UPC code 200003506244
Toit des Magasineux (1988) Inc. 40, Principale Ouest, La-Trinité-des-Monts, QC April 18, 2013
to May 13, 2013
“Avelines naturelles” Alimentation N.M. 228, rue Gendron, St-Léon-le-Grand, QC April 10, 2013
to May 10, 2013
“Avelines en écailles”
UPC code
200524102260
Coopérative de Solidarité de St-Vianney 1040-C, Route 195, St-Vianney, QC March 28, 2013
to May 14, 2013
“Avelines” Épicerie St-François Inc. 430, Chemin Central, St-François-d’Assise, QC March 7, 2013
to May 14, 2013

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

These recalls are part of an on-going food safety investigation associated with a recall of bulk hazelnuts from USA. The CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify all affected products.

The importer, distributers, and retailers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace.  The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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.

Recall / advisory May 23, 2013

Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
various retailers
Distribution:
New Brunswick, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
 

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 23, 2013 – The public warning issued on May 22, 2013 has been updated to include additional product and distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain in shell hazelnuts or mixed nuts in shell described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products were sold in packages of various weights or in bulk at the locations indicated below. Consumers who are unsure if they have affected product are advised to check with their retailer.

Product name Store name Location Dates Sold
“Avelines en écales” Fruiterie Potager Saint-Eustache 539 Boul. Arthur-Sauvé,
St-Eustache, QC
April 10, 2013 to May 15, 2013
“Noisettes en écale” L’Intermarché Bellerose 134 Boul. Bellerose Est,
Laval, QC
November 13, 2012 to February 13, 2013
“Avelines” Club Coopératif de Consommation de la Vallée 88 Avenue du Parc,
Amqui, QC
March 20, 2013 to May 10, 2013
“Avelines” Magasin CO-OP de St-Fabien 15, 7e Avenue,
St-Fabien, QC
April 9, 2013 to May 10, 2013
Hazelnuts (PLU code 4929) La Coopérative de Caraquet 121 Boul. St. Pierre West
Caraquet, NB
March 27, 2013 to May 14, 2013
Mixed nuts (PLU code 4929) La Coopérative de Caraquet 121 Boul. St. Pierre West
Caraquet, NB
March 27, 2013 to May 22, 2013

The following hazelnut product, packaged in clear plastic bags, was distributed in New Brunswick by Coop St-Quentin, St-Quentin,NB.

Product name Size Product code Dates Sold
Hazelnuts variable 4924 April 4, 2013 to May 13, 2013

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

These recalls are part of an on-going food safety investigation associated with a recall of bulk hazelnuts from USA. The CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify all affected products.

The importer, distributers, and retailers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Recall / advisory May 22, 2013

Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
various retailers
Distribution:
Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 22, 2013 – The public warning issued on May 21, 2013 has been updated to include additional product and distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain in shell hazelnuts or mixed nuts in shell described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products were sold in packages of various weights or in bulk at the locations indicated below. Consumers who are unsure if they have affected product are advised to check with their retailer.

Product name Store name Location Dates Sold
“Avelines écail” S. Bourassa Mt-TremblantLtée. 1109, de St-Jovite, Mont-Tremblant,QC November 27, 2012 to May 15, 2013
“Avelines en écales” Jardin du Mont 252, Denison Est, Granby, QC April 7, 2013 to May 7, 2013
“Noix mélangées en écale” “La Vieille Dépense” 145, St-Joseph, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC April 16, 2013 to May 13, 2013
“Noisette écale“ “La Vieille Dépense” 145, St-Joseph, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC April 16, 2013 to May 13, 2013
“Aveline écalée crue” L’Intermarché Lagoria 5915, rue Bélanger, Montréal, QC April 16, 2013 to May 15, 2013
“Noix mélange en écaille” Fruiterie Milano Inc. 6862, St-Laurent, Montréal, QC November 13, 2012 to May 15, 2013
“Aveline en écales” Fruiterie Milano Inc. 6862, St-Laurent, Montréal, QC November 28, 2012 to December 28, 2012
“Noix aveline (sac)” Avril Supermarché Santé Brossard 8600, boulevard Leduc (Dix30), Brossard, QC April 19, 2013 to May 15, 2013
“Avelines en écales” Intermarché Palumbo 2710, Désormeaux, Montréal, QC March 8, 2013 to May 17, 2013
“Avelines en écales” Charcuterie Noël 5733, boulevard Léger, Montréal-Nord, QC November 9, 2012 to January 31, 2013
“Avelines” Marché Bonanza Lalumière 6852, Jean-Talon Est, Montréal, QC November 5, 2012 to February 8, 2013
“Avelines en écales” Intermarché DeRisi 8520, boulevard Lacordaire, Montréal, QC December 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013
“Avelines naturelles écales” Fruiterie Papaye & Mangue 3429, Ontario Est, Montréal, QC November 27, 2012 to May 15, 2013
“Noix mélangées” Fruiterie Papaye & Mangue 3429, Ontario Est, Montréal, QC November 27, 2012 to May 15, 2013
“Noix aveline (sac)” Avril Supermarché Santé 1195, chemin du Tremblay, Longueuil, QC December 19, 2012 to May 15, 2013

The following hazelnut product was distributed in Quebec by Distribution Yvan Nadeau Inc., St-Léon-de-Standon, QC.

Brand name Product name Size UPC Dates Sold
Les Distributions Yvan Nadeau Inc. “Aveline écales” 375 g 6 21001 01813 1 November 26, 2012 to May 14, 2013

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

These recalls are part of an on-going food safety investigation associated with a recall of bulk hazelnuts from USA. The CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify all affected products.

The importer, distributers, and retailers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

 

Recall / advisory May 21, 2013

Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
various retailers
Distribution:
Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 21, 2013 – The public warning issued on May 16, 2013 has been updated to include additional product and distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain in shell hazelnuts or mixed nuts in shell described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products were sold in packages of various weights or in bulk at the locations indicated below.  Consumers who are unsure if they have affected product are advised to check with their retailer.

Product name Store name Location Dates Sold Up To
“Avelines jumbo en écales” Super Marché Pistilli 2105, rue Sauvé Est, Montréal,QC November 6, 2012 to May 16, 2013
“Avelines” Charcuterie et Fromagerie La Petite Italie (1990) Inc. 8278, boul. Maurice-Duplessis, Montréal, QC April 11, 2013 to May 15, 2013
“Avelines en écales jumbo” Boulangerie Mariano (Old Country Bakery) 8870, rue Verville, Montréal, QC November 6, 2012 to February 10, 2013
“Noix mélange en écail” S. Bourassa Mt-Tremblant Ltée. 1109, de St-Jovite, Mont-Temblant, QC November 27, 2012 to May 15, 2013
“Avelines écail” S. Bourassa (Ste-Agathe) Ltée. 680, rue Principale Sud, St-Agathe, QC November 6, 2012 to May 15, 2013
“Noix mélange en écail” S. Bourassa (Ste-Agathe) Ltée. 680, rue Principale Sud, St-Agathe, QC November 6, 2012 to May 15, 2013
“Noix mélange” S. Bourassa (St-Sauveur) Ltée. 105 Guidon B, RR6, St-Sauveur,QC February 2, 2013 to May 15, 2013
“Aveline en écales” Les Aliments Merci 4661, Boul. des Grandes Prairies, Montréal, QC November 6, 2012 to February 28, 2013
“Aveline en écales” Les Aliments Merci 282, place du Marché Nord, Montréal, QC November 6, 2012 to February 28, 2013
“Aveline en écales” Les Aliments Merci 4445, rue Ontario Est, Montréal,QC November 6, 2012 to February 28, 2013
“Aveline en écales” Les Aliments Merci 3623, rue Ontario Est, Montréal,QC November 6, 2012 to February 28, 2013
“Aveline en écales” Les Aliments Merci 2815, Boul. Masson, Montréal,QC November 6, 2012 to February 28, 2013
“Avelines en écalesjumbo” Frutta Si International (IGA) 1255, Shevchenko, Montréal, QC November 27, 2012 to May 14, 2013
“Avelines en écales” Charcuterie du Village 3550, rue Ontario Est, Montréal,QC November 8, 2012 to May 15, 2013

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

These recalls are part of an on-going food safety investigation associated with a recall of bulk hazelnuts from USA. The CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify all affected products.

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 diarrhoea.  Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The importer, distributers, and retailers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace.  The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

 

Health Canada Study Finds Parasites In Packaged Salads

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Parasites found in pre-washed packages of lettuce: Health Canada

Andy Johnson, CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013 10:00PM EST

In the first-ever large-scale study of its kind, Canadian researchers have tested how clean pre-washed packages of leafy greens really are, and found parasites in dozens of samples purchased in Ontario.

Looking at 544 samples of store-bought, pre-washed salads, researchers from Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada found nearly one-tenth of the samples were contaminated with either cyclospora, cryptosporidium or giardia — parasites that can cause intestinal illness, such as diarrhea.

“In the present study, a relatively high prevalence of all three parasites was found in packaged, ready-to-eat leafy greens,” said the study, published recently in the Journal of Food Protection.

Parasites found in pre-washed packages of lettuce

Canadian researchers have tested how clean pre-washed packages of leafy greens really are, and found parasites in dozens of samples purchased in Ontario.

Parasites found in pre-washed packages of lettuce

Researchers suspect the water used for irrigation both on American and Canadian farms is contaminated with human excrement.

Parasites found in pre-washed packages of lettuce

 

Brent Dixon with Health Canada says there is concern in the fact that parasites are present in pre-washed lettuce.

 

“This, along with the fact that all isolates tested represented species and genotypes commonly reported in humans, suggests that there is a potential for transmission to consumers, particularly since these leafy greens are typically consumed raw.”

None of the products that tested positive are believed to have been associated with any reported illness outbreaks.

While cryptosporidium has been reported in such food products as apple cider, apples and locally-grown spinach, the study is the first to positively identify cyclospora and giardia in North American produce samples.

Giardia and cryptosporidium are water-borne microscopic parasites that can cause intestinal illnesses such as diarrhea. Cyclospora is a human-borneparasite, spread when food or water is contaminated with human feces.

“The relatively high prevalence of these parasites in packaged salads and leafy greens establishes a baseline for further studies and suggests a need for additional research with respect to the possible sources of contamination of these foods,” the study said.

To conduct the study, the research team purchased a total of 544 prewashed salad samples between April 2009 and March 2010 — all in the Waterloo, Ont. area. After testing the samples, the team found:

  • Nine (1.7%) of the samples tested positive for cyclospora;
  • 32 (5.7%) of the samples tested positive for cryptosporidium;
  • 10 (1.8%) of the samples tested positive for giardia.

*Two of the samples were contaminated with two of the parasites

In total, 507 of the samples were grown in the U.S., with 23 coming from Canada and seven from Mexico. Two were labelled as the products of two countries. Of the contaminated samples, 46 were grown in the U.S. and three were grown in Canada. None of the three Mexican samples tested positive for the parasites.

Brent Dixon, a parasite scientist with Health Canada and one of the report’s authors, said the study breaks new ground for scientists studying the North American food supply chain — and serves as a wake-up call.

“The fact (the parasites) are there at all is of some concern to us,” he told CTV News, adding all the samples tested were labelled as pre-washed and, in some cases, triple-washed.

“Consumers that are concerned can do additional washing, but from what we know it does not remove 100 per cent of pathogens from produce.”

Still, Dixon doesn’t want Canadians turning away from salad; he noted that the health benefits of eating raw greens will likely outweigh the risks of possibly developing diarrhea from eating them.

The study didn’t specify how the samples became contaminated. It is possible that either the food itself or equipment used to process it could have been contaminated during harvest, packaging or transport — or directly from the hands of food handlers who are infected or have poor sanitary practices. Crops can also become contaminated through the use of contaminated water used to mix pesticides or wash produce.

Rick Holley, a microbiology and food safety professor with the University of Manitoba, said the study points to the need for greater scrutiny of Canada’s food-processing systems.

“We really should be at the lower levels, down around less than a one-per-cent (contamination rate),” he said. “These products are eaten raw: we are not cooking these and they have organisms on them that can cause mild to severe health effects in humans.”

Keith Warriner, a food scientist with Guelph University, said the study underlines the fact there are food safety risks associated with leafy greens.

“The issue is that the leafy greens are harvested (and) they are washed, but washing doesn’t do that much … What’s acquired in the field is usually taken straight onto the plate.”

Warriner said consumers wishing to reduce the risk of illness can keep their leafy greens refrigerated, which stops the growth of pathogens.

And for those who are susceptible to a parasitic illness — including the ill, elderly or pregnant — Warriner recommends purchasing intact lettuce as opposed to pre-cut products.

See the original article here.

With a report from CTV medical specialist Avis Favaro and producer Elizabeth St. Philip

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Ottawa Launches Review Into XL Foods E. coli Outbreak

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Panel will report back to Agriculture Canada with recommendations on improving food safety

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Agriculture Canada says an independent panel of experts will review what contributed to the outbreak of E. coli at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta.Agriculture Canada says an independent panel of experts will review what contributed to the outbreak of E. coli at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

The federal government has launched a review of the E. coli outbreak last fall that sickened 18 people and led to the largest beef recall in Canadian history.

The review is to focus on what contributed to the outbreak of the potentially deadly bacteria at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta.

It will also look at how well the Canadian Food Inspection Agency performed, including why tainted meat was distributed to retailers and sold to consumers.

XL Foods Recall

Agriculture Canada said the review will be conducted by an independent panel of experts who are to hand in a report with recommendations to improve food safety.

“We take the safety of Canada’s food supply very seriously and we remain committed to the continuous improvement of Canada’s strong food safety systems,” Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a news release Friday evening.

Industry experts

At the time of the E. coli outbreak the XL Foods plant was the largest Canadian-owned beef slaughter facility in the country.

It is now owned and operated by JBS Food Canada, a subsidiary of JBS South America.

The federal government said the review panel includes recognized scientific, public health and meat industry experts.

They include Ronald Lewis, former chief veterinary officer for British Columbia; Dr. Andre Corriveau, chief public health officer for the Northwest Territories; and Ronald Usborne, a former executive with Caravelle Foods.

The review is to look at the design, implementation and oversight of food safety controls at the plant, including CFIA inspection policies, and how well testing information was shared by the company, inspectors and U.S. regulators.

The panel is to review the effectiveness of E. coli prevention protocols, including the ability to detect problems, recall beef products and how well the agency conducted followup investigations.

Federal documents have shown that CFIA inspectors issued six warnings to XL Foods about conditions in the plant between January 2012 and when the plant was temporarily shut down in September.

Some of the problems noted included improper sanitization of equipment, condensation dripping onto beef carcasses and containers overflowing with unsanitary water.

The agency said all of the problems cited were dealt with before the first cases of E. coli were found in beef produced at the plant.

The recall involved millions of tonnes of beef packaged in more than 2,000 different products across Canada and in many U.S. states.

The CFIA restored the plant’s operating licence on Oct. 23 and it was allowed to resume exports of beef products to the United States in December.

 

Sprout Recall Expands Due To Possible Listeria

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Sprouters Northwest Expands Sprouts Product Recall Due to Possible Listeria (U.S. & Canada)

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov), 2/1/13

Sprouters Northwest of Kent, Washington is voluntarily recalling all varieties of sprouts
products, wheatgrass and pea shoots due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever,
severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

All varieties of sprouts products including 3-Bean Munchie, Alfalfa, Bean, Broccoli, Brocco Sandwich sprouts, Clover, Deli, Spicy; Wheatgrass and/or Pea Shoots were distributed through 1/30/2013 in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and British Columbia, Canada through retail stores and food service distribution chain.

The affected products are sold under the Sprouters Northwest and LifeForce brand names and are packaged in plastic clamshell containers, plastic cups, plastic trays in 3 oz., 4 oz., 5 oz., and in plastic 1 lb. 2lb, or 5lb. bags. The Best by Dates are including all and up to 2/17/2013.

The problem was identified through surveillance of finished product samples collected at
retail locations and at the firm by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Sprouters Northwest is working with WSDA and the Food & Drug Administration on this
recall.

Consumers should not consume the recalled sprouts product, wheatgrass, pea shoots and are advised to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-253-872-0577 from 7AM to 2PM PST.

Read the original release on the FDA site here.

British Columbia Safeway’s Recall Tainted LifeForce Foods Sprouts

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Certain LIFEFORCE FOODS brand ALFALFA, SPICY and BROCCO SPROUTS may contain Listeria monocytogenes

OTTAWA, January 28, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada Safeway Limited are warning the public not to consume the LifeForce Foods brand Sprouts described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

All codes of the following LifeForce Foods brand sprouts, product of USA, packaged in plastic clamshell containers of 85 grams, are affected by this alert:

Product UPC
Brocco Sprouts 8 51042 00400 2
Spicy sprouts 8 51042 00401 9
Alfalfa sprouts 8 51042 00402 6
LifeForce Foods - Brocco Sprouts
LifeForce Foods – Brocco Sprouts
LifeForce Foods - Spicy Sprouts
LifeForce Foods – Spicy Sprouts
LifeForce Foods - Alfalfa Sprouts

These products have been distributed through Canada Safeway stores in British Columbia only.

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 importer, Canada Safeway Limited, Calgary, AB, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Canada Safeway Limited at 403-730-3511;

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).