Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 16, 2008 20:08 ET

CFIA/Allergy Alert - Undeclared Sesame Seeds and Soy in Certain New World Natural Foods Burger Products

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2008) - Audio clips available at

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to sesame seeds and/or soy not to consume New World Natural Foods Tofu Burgers, Vegi Burgers and Lentil Burgers. The affected products contain sesame seeds or soy which is not declared on the label.

The affected products, described below, are sold in 340 g packages (4 patties per package).

Product UPC Lot Code Allergen
Tofu Burger 0 59443 00656 8 3406 Sesame seed
Vegi Burger 0 59443 00652 0 none Soy
Lentil Burger 0 59443 00651 3 none Soy

These products have been distributed in Vancouver, BC.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Consumption of these products may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to sesame seeds and/or soy.

The manufacturer, New World Natural Foods, Burnaby BC, 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 one of the following numbers:

Kulwant Bagga, New World Natural Foods at (778) 989-5840; or,

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 sesame seeds and soy, two of the nine most common food allergens, visit the Food Allergens web page at:

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

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Shashi Kulkarni (English)
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Linda LeBlanc (French)