Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 11, 2012 02:05 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2012) -

Product photos are available at http://bit.ly/RzzdXb

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 (5 lb) 0 66844 22133 9 21861R, 21371R,
20791R, 20741R,
20631R, 20531R *
0 66844 20058 7 * 20891R *
None * 210111, 211411, 211511, 212211, 213611, 216011, 220811or no code *
McArthur FoodMarket Basil Rubbed Various
weights
None Sold from
McArthur Food Market,
300 McArthur Avenue
Ottawa, ON from
February 7, 2012 to
August 9, 2012 inclusive
None - soldfrom bulk bin at Tutti Fruiti Famous Foods 64 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON Basil Various
weights
None Sold from March 20,
2012 to August 10, 2012
inclusive
Marche Victoria Rubbed Basil 50 g 200000 400996 Sold from
Marché Victoria
6324 Victoria
Montreal, QC and
Marché Victoria
4759 Blvd. des Sources, Pierrefonds, QC from
May 4 2012 to
August 10, 2012
inclusive
None Basil 100 g None Sold from
Toronto Cash & Carry,
1405 Gerald Street, Toronto, ON from
March 2, 2012 to
August 10, 2012
inclusive
Sold from bulk binat Bulk Food Warehouse1621 Wilson Ave, North York, ON Basil Various
weights
None Sold from April 10, 2012 to August 10, 2012 inclusive
None Basil 50 g None Sold from
House of Spice
190 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON from February 8, 2012
to August 10, 2012 inclusive
100 g
200 g
Sold from bulk binat Sugar & Spice 265 Augusta Ave,Toronto, ON Basil Various
weights
None Sold from May 15, 2012 to August 10, 2012
inclusive
Iqbal Foods IHF Basil
Rubbed
50 g 472253100309 Sold from Iqbal Foods
2 Thorncliffe Park Drive
Toronto, ON from
March 8 2012 to August
9, 2012 inclusive

* Corrections to previous release

These products have been distributed in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and New Brunswick. 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

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