Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 01, 2011 03:51 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Prepackaged raw Shelled Walnuts may Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2011) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Johnvince Foods are warning the public not to consume certain prepackaged raw shelled walnut products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The following raw shelled walnut products, imported from USA and packaged in Canada, are affected by this alert.

Brand & Product Size UPC Code
President's Choice Raw California Walnut Halves Unsalted 250 g 0 60383 87185 7 Best Before 2012 OC 07
Reddi Snack Hand Selected California Walnuts 350 g 0 64777 28695 1 16581

These products have been distributed nationally.

There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Johnvince Foods, Downsview, ON 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 E. coli O157:H7, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/ecolie.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.

Photos of the products are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cfia_0901.pdf.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600