Ottawa, April 3, 2011 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Amira Enterprises Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain bulk and prepackaged raw shelled walnut products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
All raw shelled walnuts sold from bulk bins, all package sizes and all lot codes / Best Before dates of the following raw shelled walnuts and products containing walnuts are affected by this alert. The affected products were available for purchase from January 1, 2011, up to and including April 4, 2011. The raw shelled walnuts are imported from the USA.
|Amira||Raw shelled walnuts sold from a bulk bin*|
|Amira||Prepackaged raw shelled walnuts (Halves/Pieces/Crumbs)|
|Tia||Prepackaged raw shelled walnuts (Halves/Pieces/Crumbs)|
|Merit Selection||Prepackaged raw shelled walnuts (Halves/Pieces/Crumbs)|
|Amira||Mistral Mix containing walnuts|
|Tia||Mistral Mix containing walnuts|
|Amira||Salad booster containing walnuts|
|Tia||Salad booster containing walnuts|
*The brand name Amira may not be marked on the raw walnuts sold from the bulk bins.
Consumers who have purchased walnuts from bulk bins are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected product.
These products have been distributed in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and Ontario. However, they may have been distributed nationally.
This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating a multi-provincial outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in collaboration with provincial health authorities as well as federal health partners including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada.
Public Advisory: E. coli outbreak - At this time, the outbreak investigation indicates that several individuals have reported consuming raw shelled walnuts.
Amira Enterprises Inc., St. Laurent, QC is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.