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Health Hazard Alert - Raw shelled walnuts sold from certain retail stores in London, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
April 11, 2011
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Asia Food Market, Jimmy's A&A Mediterranean Deli
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:
6334, 6335

Advisory details

Ottawa, April 11, 2011 - The public warning issued on April 8, 2011 has been expanded to include additional retailers who repackaged and sold raw shelled walnuts and products containing walnuts distributed by Amira Enterprises Inc.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume raw shelled walnuts described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The affected raw shelled walnuts, product of USA, were sold from certain retail stores during the specified time period. This is related to the recall of raw shelled walnuts imported and distributed in bulk by Amira Enterprises Inc., Montreal, Quebec.

Retail store Product Size Dates sold
Asia Food Mart
1154 Hamilton Rd.
London, ON
Shelled Walnuts ½ lb plastic container & 3 lb plastic bag February 22 to April 11, 2011, inclusive
Asia Food Mart
1154 Hamilton Rd.
London, ON
Salad Booster containing walnuts ½ lb plastic container February 22 to April 11, 2011, inclusive
Jimmy’s A & A Mediterranean Deli
1401 20 Ave. N.W., Calgary, AB
Raw Shelled Walnuts Halves & Pieces 500 g plastic container January 1 to April 5, 2011, inclusive

These products have been distributed in Ontario and Alberta.

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.

The named retailers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

More information

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 diarrhea. 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.

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

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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