Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 07, 2007 02:04 ET

CFIA: Health Hazard Alert-Certain Metromint Flavor Water May Contain Bacillus cereus

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2007) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising consumers not to drink certain Metromint flavoured water products as they may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus.

The CFIA has been informed of a recall of Metromint Flavor Water in the United States. Two of the affected flavours, Metromint Spearmint Water and Metromint Peppermint Water, were sold in Canada.

The affected products bear "Best Before" dates prior to 2008/12/21 and were made by Soma Beverage Co. LLC of San Francisco, California. They are packaged in clear plastic 500 mL bottles with a black M on the front and the lettering "KSA" in a rectangle located on the back of the bottle in the lower right-hand corner.

These products were distributed across Canada. The Canadian importer is voluntarily recalling the products. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

There have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Bacillus cereus may not look or smell spoiled. The symptoms of Bacillus cereus food poisoning can include vomiting or diarrhea, abdominal cramps and pain and may occur between 30 minutes and 15 hours after consuming the contaminated product. Infants, children and pregnant women are susceptible to dehydration resulting from diarrhea.

Information on the recall in the United States is available on the US FDA's website:

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

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Fred Jamieson (English)
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    (613) 760-4376
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Linda LeBlanc (French)
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    (613) 760-4112