Government of Canada

Government of Canada

June 07, 2008 00:08 ET

Advice to Consumers - Update: Outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul in the United States

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 7, 2008) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) are continuing to follow an outbreak investigation by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) into recent illnesses caused by Salmonella Saintpaul that may be associated with certain types of uncooked, fresh tomatoes consumed in the United States.

CFIA and PHAC want to inform Canadians that both the FDA and the CDC have updated their respective websites to provide on-going information about their investigation. In particular, the FDA has updated their website to include a list of tomatoes that are not associated with the U.S. outbreak. The list is being updated as new information becomes available and can be viewed at: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/tomatoes.html

The current situation in Canada remains unchanged from the Government of Canada advisory issued on June 3, 2008. Consumers should be aware that tomatoes grown in Canada have not been implicated in the U.S. investigation. There continues to be no illnesses reported in Canada linked to the U.S. outbreak.

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 webpage 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
    Media Relations
    613-228-6682
    or
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    Media Relations
    613-948-0879