Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

April 08, 2009 22:47 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Green Cardamom May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - Audio clips available at

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain green cardamom because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following product is affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size Code
No brand Green Cardamom 50 g, 100 g, None
(Sold at Apna Punjab 200 g, and (Sold from January
Fruiticana No: 14, 400 g 1 to February 28,
#300-5075, Falconridge 2009)
Boulevard. N.E.,
Calgary, AB)
No brand Green Cardamom Approximately None
(Sold at Om India Food 400 g (Sold from March 12
Centre, 71 West Drive, to March 31, 2009)
#42, Brampton, ON)
No brand Green Cardamom Sold in bulk None
(Sold at Gullmor (Sold from March 21
Groceries, 9 Stafford to March 31, 2009)
Road, Brampton, ON)

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 is 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 receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at

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