Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 23, 2006 20:35 ET

CFIA: Allergy Alert-Undeclared Soy in El Peto Products Brand Tapioca Starch and Flour

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2006) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and El Peto Products Ltd. are warning people with allergies to soy protein not to consume El Peto Products brand Tapioca Starch and Flour described below. The affected products contain soy protein which is not declared on the label.

The following El Peto brand products are affected by this alert:



Product Size UPC Lot Code
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Tapioca Starch 6053 20
Gluten Free Wheat Free 500 g 7 72573 29064 4 07 02 30
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Tapioca Flour (Starch) 6053 20
Gluten Free Naturally 900 g 7 72573 29164 1 07 02 30
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Tapioca Flour (Starch) 6053 20
Gluten Free Naturally 2.5 kg 7 72573 29264 8 07 02 30
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These products have been distributed in Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of these products.

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

The manufacturer, El Peto Products Ltd., Cambridge, Ontario, 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 soy, one of the nine most common food allergens, visit the Food Allergens web page at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/allerg/allerge.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
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Shashi Kulkarni (English)
    (613) 368-1622
    www.cfia-acia.agr.ca
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Marie-Andree Lefebvre (French)
    (613) 760-4044
    www.cfia-acia.agr.ca