Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 07, 2011 02:09 ET

CFIA/Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Certain Bulk and Prepackaged raw Shelled Walnuts may Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

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The public warning issued on September 1, 2011 has been expanded to include raw shelled walnuts sold from bulk and additional prepackaged raw shelled walnuts and walnut containing products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Johnvince Foods are warning the public not to consume certain bulk and prepackaged raw shelled walnut products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The walnuts sold at retail from bulk bins and various brands of the prepackaged raw shelled walnuts and products containing walnuts described below are affected by this alert.

Brand & Product Size UPC Code
Bulk walnuts distributed by Johnvince Foods and sold at retail from bulk bins** 11.34 kg N/A Sold from April 27 to August 6, 2011,
President's Choice
Raw California Walnut Halves Unsalted
250 g 0 60383 87185 7 Best Before
2012 OC 06 16572
President's Choice
Deluxe Trail Mix
220 g 0 60383 87201 4 Best Before
2012/OC/06 16872
2012/OC/07 16881
No Frills
Natural Walnut Halves and Pieces
175 g 0 64777 37773 4 Best Before
2012/JL/14 16952
2012/JL/18 16991
Longo's California Walnuts 240 g 7 72468 10107 9 Best Before
May/29/12 16462
May/29/12 16472
Compliments California Walnut
Halves & Pieces
225 g 0 68820 12395 8 Best Before
2012/FE/16 17281
2012/FE/16 17282
2012/JA/20 17011
2012/JA/25 17061
2011/DE/07 16582
Compliments Walnut Halves 100 g 0 55742 35977 0 Best Before
2011/NO/26 16461
2011/NO/26 16462
California Natural Walnut Halves & Pieces
200 g 7 70974 80188 9 Best Before
2011/NO/26 16461
Marketplace Co-op
"Halt" The Salt Walnut Halves & Pieces
250 g 0 64777 44085 8 2012 JL 11 16921
Johnvince Foods
Caramel Toffee Walnuts
11.34 kg N/A 16521
Stock & Barrel
Caramel Toffee Walnuts
300 g 0 64777 37906 6 Best Before
2012 JL 18 16991
Joe's Tasty Travels
California Select Walnuts Mostly Halves
350 g 6 64989 60689 1 16501
Selection Walnut Halves 250 g 0 59749 90882 5 16472
Vitality Mix 100 Calories per bag
240 g
(12x20 g)
0 58716 98972 0 16881
Marketplace Co-op Vitality Mix 375 g 0 64777 44131 2 Best Before
2012/JL/05 16862
** The bulk walnuts listed above were imported and distributed in Canada by Johnvince Foods in 25 lb cardboard cases bearing Lot code W1866 and the name Andersen and Sons Shelling, Vina, California, USA. Consumers who may have purchased unlabelled walnuts from bulk and are unsure if they have the affected product are advised to contact the place of purchase to determine if it is affected by this recall.

These products may have been distributed nationally.

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

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Johnvince Foods, Toronto, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Johnvince Foods at (416) 636-6146 ext. 7226 or 1-800-268-7950 ext. 7226;

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 E. coli O157:H7, visit the Food Facts web page at:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

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