Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 20, 2009 00:36 ET

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Sprouts Alive Brand Sprouts May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2009) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Sprouts Alive brand products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

All best before date codes up to and including August 28, 2009 of the following products are affected:

Sprouts AliveBaby Onion Sprouts70 g (2.5 oz)0 69022 00032 0
Sprouts AliveAlfalfa & Onion Sprouts130g 0 69022 00039 9

The best before date is shown in one of the following formats: "Best Before dd mm yy", "EX mmm dd yy", or "EX mm dd yy". For example, a best before date of August 28, 2009 could appear as "Best Before 28 AU 09", "EX AUG 28 09", or "EX 08 28 09".

These products have been distributed in Alberta, however, they may also have been distributed in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

There have been reported illnesses.

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 manufacturer, Living Foods Ltd., Innisfail, AB, 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:

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