Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

June 23, 2010 20:41 ET

Health Hazard Alert/CFIA: Certain Cardamom Seeds May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - Audio clips available at

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:

Brand Product Size UPC Sold at Sold between
India Bazaar "Cardmom Seeds" 100 g 0 200577 304499 O/A India Bazaar Fresh Pik's, 10405 Kennedy Road North, Brampton, ON May 26 and June 23, 2010, inclusive
Bestway Cardamom Seeds 100 g 10000247 Bestway Food Centre, 2626 Islington Ave., Toronto, ON May 6 and June 23, 2010, inclusive
OK "Elachi: Dana" 50 g None 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:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: 

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

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