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Health Hazard Alert - Certain prepackaged raw shelled walnuts may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
September 1, 2011
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Les Aliments Johnvince Foods
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, September 1, 2011 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Johnvince Foods are warning the public not to consume certain prepackaged raw shelled walnut products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The following raw shelled walnut products, imported from USA and packaged in Canada,
are affected by this alert.

Brand & Product Size UPC Code
President’s Choice
Raw California Walnut Halves Unsalted
250 g 0 60383 87185 7 Best Before 2012 OC 07
Reddi Snack Hand Selected
California Walnuts
350 g 0 64777 28695 1 16581

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

Johnvince Foods, Downsview, ON is 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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