Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 24, 2011 00:54 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Alkanater Brand Tahina May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2011) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Phoenicia Products Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Alkanater brand Tahina described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected product, Alkanater brand Tahina, is sold in 908 g containers bearing UPC 6 92551 00001 3 and codes "Prod.: 5/1/2011" and "Exp.: 5/1/2013".

This product has been distributed nationally.

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 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.

The importer, Phoenicia Products Inc., St-Laurent, Quebec 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 one of the following numbers:

Produits Phoenicia Products Inc. at (514) 389-6363;

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

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600