Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 08, 2012 22:19 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2012) - Product photos are available at

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 #
Valli Basil flakes 15 g 7 78768 14324 5 Sold since February 23, 2012
Sold from bulk drawer at
Herb & Spice
375 Bank Street,
Ottawa, ON
Basil Various
None Sold from March 6, 2012 to
August 7, 2012 inclusive
New Middleast Supermarket Basil (Habak) Various
Begins with
0 200170
Sold at New Middleast Supermarket,
1755 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON
from March 29, 2012 to
August 8, 2012 inclusive
Mid-East Foods Sweet Basil Various
Begins with
200302 50
Sold at
Mid-East Foods,
1010 Belfast Road,
Ottawa, ON
since May 1st, 2012

These products have been distributed in Quebec and Ontario. 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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