Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 07, 2012 00:17 ET

CFIA/Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Certain Dried Basil May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2012) - Product photos: http://bit.ly/MgqIzL

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, serve or use the dried Basil products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with various parties to identify and remove all affected basil products that were made with the dried basil recalled by Shah Trading Co. Ltd, Scarborough, Ontario on August 3, 2012.

Brand Product Size UPC Lot #
All Seasons Basil Rubbed 2.27 kg 0 66844 22133 9 The affected product bears a lot code in the format 2XXXYY where 2 represents year 2012, XXX represents the Julian date, and YY represent internal codes.

All Julian dates 038 and beyond (i.e. XXX = 038, 039, 040, 041,
and so on) are affected.*
Jardi Basil 13 g 7 72065 23100 1 067 12
* If you are unsure whether you have the affected code, please contact the supplier.

These products have been distributed in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces.

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

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these 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 diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The importer, Shah Trading Co. Ltd., Scarborough, ON and other distributors are 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: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.shtml

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600