CANADA: Health hazard alert – Certain cardamom seeds may contain Salmonella bacteria
Posted: June 24th, 2010 - 1:04pm
OTTAWA -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume cardamom seeds described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The following products are affected by this alert:
O/A India Bazaar
Fresh Pik's, 10405
Kennedy Road North,
May 26 and June 23, 2010, inclusive
Bestway Food Centre,
2626 Islington Ave.,
May 6 and June 23, 2010, inclusive
O.K. Food, Produce and Movie Store, #1023,
5075 Falconridge Blvd.
N. E., Calgary, AB
June 6 and June 23, 2010, inclusive
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 these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a food borne 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 diarrhoea. 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 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.shtm
For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA’s Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.