This archive of previously issued food recalls and allergy alerts is provided for reference and research purposes.

Users should note that the products listed in the archive have been subject to removal from the marketplace or appropriate corrective action. Food recalls or allergy alerts are not an indication of the food safety status of products produced at a later date.

Food Recall Warning - Gaston Vachon brand Homestyle Meat Sauce recalled due to potential presence of dangerous bacteria

Recall date:
October 22, 2015
Reason for recall:
Microbiological - Clostridium botulinum
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Gaston Vachon
Ontario, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:

Recall details

Ottawa, October 22, 2015 - Gaston Vachon is recalling Gaston Vachon brand Homestyle Meat Sauce from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) transmitted an alert to the news media today concerning affected products. Please click on the following link for details:

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Gaston Vachon Homestyle Meat Sauce 900 ml All units sold up to October 22, 2015 7 76136 00041 1
Gaston Vachon Homestyle Meat Sauce 450 ml All units sold up to October 22, 2015 7 76136 00040 4

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.


This recall was triggered by MAPAQ. A food safety investigation is being conducted, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing the recalled products from the marketplace.


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

More information

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