Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 20, 2012 19:37 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2012) - 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 product described below because it 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 #
La Branche d'Olivier Rubbed Basil 90 g 200001 802003 Sold from
La Branche d'Olivier,
4342 Wellington,
Verdun, Quebec,
up to and including
May 25, 2012

This product has been distributed in Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

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.

La Branche d'Olivier, Verdun, QC, is voluntarily recalling the affected product 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.

A Photo of the product is available at the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/basil.jpg

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600