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Health Hazard Alert - Certain dried BASIL may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 10, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Marché Victoria, 935133 Ontario Inc. - Toronto Cash & Carry, Bulk Food Warehouse, House of Spice, Iqbal Halal Foods, McArthur Food Market, Sugar And Spice Chocolates, Tutti Frutti Famous Foods
Distribution:
Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7378, 7389, 7392, 7380, 7382, 7385, 7388, 7393

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 10, 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 #
All Seasons Basil Rubbed 2.27 kg (5 lb) 0 66844 22133 9 21861R, 21371R, 20791R, 20741R, 20631R, 20531R *
All Seasons Basil Rubbed 2.27 kg (5 lb) 0 66844 20058 7 * 20891R *
All Seasons Basil Rubbed 2.27 kg (5 lb) None * 210111, 211411, 211511, 212211, 213611, 216011, 220811 or no code *
McArthur Food
Market
Basil Rubbed Various
weights
None Sold from
McArthur Food Market,
300 McArthur Avenue
Ottawa, ON from
 February 7, 2012 to
August 9, 2012 inclusive
None – sold
from bulk bin at Tutti Fruiti Famous Foods
64 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON
Basil Various
weights
None Sold from March 20,
2012 to August 10, 2012
inclusive
Marche Victoria Rubbed Basil 50 g 200000 400996 Sold from
Marché Victoria
6324 Victoria
Montreal, QC and
Marché Victoria
4759 Blvd. des Sources, Pierrefonds, QC from
May 4 2012 to
August 10, 2012
inclusive
None Basil 100 g None Sold from
 Toronto Cash & Carry,
1405 Gerald Street, Toronto, ON from
March 2, 2012 to
August 10, 2012
 inclusive
Sold from bulk bin
at Bulk Food Warehouse
1621 Wilson Ave, North York, ON
Basil Various
weights
None Sold from April 10, 2012 to August 10, 2012 inclusive
None Basil 50 g None Sold from
House of  Spice
190 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON from  February 8, 2012
to August 10, 2012 inclusive
None Basil 100 g None Sold from
House of  Spice
190 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON from  February 8, 2012
to August 10, 2012 inclusive
None Basil 200 g None Sold from
House of  Spice
190 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON from February 8, 2012
to August 10, 2012 inclusive
Sold from bulk bin
at Sugar & Spice
265 Augusta Ave,
Toronto, ON
Basil Various
weights
None Sold from May 15, 2012 to August 10, 2012
inclusive
Iqbal Foods IHF Basil
Rubbed
50 g 472253100309 Sold from Iqbal Foods
2 Thorncliffe Park Drive
Toronto, ON from
March 8 2012 to August
9, 2012 inclusive

* Corrections to previous release

These products have been distributed in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and New Brunswick. 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 importer, Shah Trading Co. Ltd., Scarborough, ON and other 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.

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