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Health Hazard Alert - Certain dried BASIL may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 9, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Groupe Phoenicia Inc., Arsam Spices, QI Natural Foods - Eglinton
Distribution:
Ontario
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7375, 7376, 7377

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 9, 2012 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, serve or use the dried Basil products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

This is an ongoing food safety investigation.  The CFIA is working with various parties to identify and remove all affected basil products that were made with the dried basil recalled by Shah Trading Co. Ltd., Scarborough, Ontario on August 3, 2012.

BrandProductSizeUPCLot #
Cedar Phoenicia Sweet basil 30 g None Sold since February 7, 2012
Arsam Spices Basil 2 oz (57.1 g)
1.5 oz (42.5 g)
7 75434 01342 0 Sold since June 14, 2012
Ambrosia Natural Foods Basil 2 oz (57.1 g)
1.5 oz (42.5 g)
7 75434 01342 0 Sold since June 14, 2012
Bruno's Fine Foods Basil 2 oz (57.1 g)
1.5 oz (42.5 g)
7 75434 01342 0 Sold since June 14, 2012
Sold in bulk from Qi Natural Foods, 1001 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON Basil Various weights None Sold at Qi Natural Foods, 1001 Eglinton avenue West, Toronto, ON since June 26, 2012

These products have been distributed in Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Ontario. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces.

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

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this 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.

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

For more information consumers and industry can call the 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).

For information on Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.shtml

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

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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.

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

Product photos

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Arsam Spices - Basil

Arsam Spices - Basil

Cedar Phoenicia - Sweet Basil

Cedar Phoenicia - Sweet Basil

Ambrosia Natural Foods - Basil

Ambrosia Natural Foods - Basil

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