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Health Hazard Alert - Certain cantaloupes purchased at Food Basics store located on Sheppard Ave East, North York, Ontario may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
September 19, 2011
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Metro Ontario Inc.
Extent of the distribution:
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Advisory details

Ottawa, September 19, 2011 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Metro Ontario Inc. are warning the public not to consume the cantaloupes described below because these cantaloupes may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected cantaloupes were sold unwrapped. There is no lot code sticker, UPC or product name on the individual cantaloupes.

The cantaloupes were sold from Food Basics, located at 2452 Sheppard Ave. E., North York, Ontario on September 12, 2011.

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

The retailer, Metro Ontario Inc., Etobicoke, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected product 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.

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

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