Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

January 23, 2008 01:51 ET

Warning/Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Health Hazard Alert-Certain Organic Sesame Seeds May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2008) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain pre-packaged and bulk organic sesame seeds described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected organic sesame seeds described in the table below are affected by this alert.

To view the table of the affected organic sesame seeds, please visit the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/BACK0123.pdf.

The organic sesame seeds described above may also have been sold at the retail level in bulk form or in smaller unlabeled store packages. Consumers who may have purchased organic sesame seeds during the specified time period and are unsure if they have the affected product are advised to check with the retail store to determine if their product is affected.

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 this bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne 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 diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The affected Organic Sesame Seeds was imported from Uganda. The CFIA is working with the importer and various Canadian distributors to recall 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
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/causee.shtml.

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Garfield Balsom (English)
    613-760-4232
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Julie Lacoursiere (French)
    613-760-4044