Food Investigation Response Manual
Appendix 5I - Food Safety Warning - Allergen

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[DRAFT] Food Safety Warning (Allergen)

(Product) recalled due to undeclared (allergen)

OTTAWA, (Date) – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with an allergy to (allergen) not to consume (and retailers, restaurants and institutions not to sell or use) the product(s) described below because (it/they) (may) contain(s) (allergen) which is not declared on the label.

The following product(s) (has/have) been sold in (province(s) of distribution).



What you should do

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

If you have an allergy to (allergen), do not consume the recalled product as it may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction.


This warning was triggered by (the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) inspection activities/ Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results/ a consumer complaint/ a recall in another country/ findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak). The (CFIA/ Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of these or other products. If products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through a Food Recall Warning.


There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of (this/these) product(s).

[or when there is a reaction]

There (has been one reported reaction/have been reported reactions) associated with the consumption of (this/these) product(s).

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