Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

February 23, 2007 00:00 ET

CFIA: Expanded Health Hazard Alert-Dole Brand Cantaloupes May Contain Salmonella Bacteria


OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 22, 2007) -

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The previous public warning, issued on February 16, 2007, has been expanded to include new importers and new distribution of the affected cantaloupe.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Dole brand cantaloupes described below because these cantaloupes may be contaminated with
Salmonella.

The affected cantaloupes, produce of Costa Rica, were distributed under the Dole brand name. However, individual cantaloupes do not have any markings. These cantaloupes may have been sold in the following stores in Southern Ontario:




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Name of store Address Sold from
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Elias Fresh Express 250 Tecumseh Road E, February 9, 2007; up to and
Windsor including February 17, 2007

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A&P 1030 Adelaine Street N,
London
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Dutton Foodland 210 Main Street, Dutton
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Loblaws 3040 Wonderland Road S,
London
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Lucan Foodland 184 Main Street, Lucan
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Moore's Foodland 6 Mary Street, Clinton February 9, 2007; up to and
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including February 22, 2007
Seaforth Foodland 95 Main Street, Seaforth
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Stonetown Foodland 84 Wellingston Street,
St. Mary's
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Valu Mart 234 Oxford Street, London
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Consumers who have purchased whole cantaloupe or in-store products containing pieces of fresh cantaloupe, and are not sure of the brand, should inquire at the store to verify if the stores have received the affected product.

Two importers, Elias Fresh Express, Windsor, Ontario and Smith Fruit Co. Limited, London, Ontario are voluntarily recalling the affected product from the stores. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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

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

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 and food safety facts for cantaloupes, visit the Food Facts web page at

www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.shtml www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/specif/cantae.shtml

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall & Emergency Response
    Davendra Sharma (English)
    (613) 755-2890
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall & Emergency Response
    Julie Lacoursiere (French)
    (613) 760-4044
    Website: www.cfia-acia.agr.ca