Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 07, 2012 23:14 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2012) - Product photos:

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 #
Dino's Grocery Basil Various weights Begins with
Sold at Dino's Grocery Mart,
460 Notre Dame, Winnipeg, MB
from February 23, 2012 to August 7,
2012 inclusive
Artisan Tradition Sweet basil flakes 70 g 8 37789 24002 6 bq
250 g 8 37789 24033 0
sold from bulk bin
Basilic # 1
herbe coupée
(Basil leaf)
Various weights None Sold from
bulk bin at Le CRAC
Aliments sains
690 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC
from July 16, 2012 to August 7, 2012

These products have been distributed in Quebec 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 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:

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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