Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 29, 2010 19:29 ET

Updated Health Hazard Alert - Certain Sun Bird Brand Seasoning Mixes May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

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The public warning issued on March 27, 2010 has been updated to correct the lot code information for one of the listed product.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Tree of Life Canada ULC are warning the public not to consume Sun Bird brand Seasoning Mixes described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. These products contain a seasoning made with black pepper which has been recalled by Mincing Overseas Spice Company of Dayton, New Jersey, USA because of possible contamination with Salmonella.

The following seasoning mixes are affected by this recall:

Brand Product Size UPC Code
Sun Bird Thai Fried Rice 28 g 0 74880 07027 9 W0011G W9309E*
Sun Bird Chop Suey 28 g 0 74880 07008 8 W0006G
Sun Bird Chow Mein 28 g 0 74880 07002 6 W0005G W9316G
Sun Bird Fried Rice 21 g 0 74880 07003 3 W9320G W9334G

* Correction

These products have been distributed nationally.

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 importer, Tree of Life Canada ULC, Mississauga, ON is 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:

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 our web site at:

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations