Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

July 14, 2010 23:03 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Romaine-Based Salads Made and Sold at Safeway Stores May Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada Safeway Limited are warning the public not to serve or consume various store-made and Signature Café brand salads described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

This recall is being initiated as these salads may contain a ready-to-eat romaine-based salad recalled by Fresh Express Incorporated, California, United States (http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2010/20100714e.shtml). There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these salads.

The following romaine-based salads with Best Before dates of July 14 and 15 are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC
None Garden Salad 300 g 214735
None Busy Chef Salad Various 214516
None Chicken Caesar Salad Various 219393
None Greek Salad Various 210585
Signature Café Asian Chicken Salad 369 g 0 58200 13080 5
Signature Café Chicken Caesar Salad 354 g 0 58200 13086 7
Signature Café Cobb Salad 457 g 0 58200 13082 9
Signature Café Seafood Salad 440 g 0 58200 13107 9
Signature Café Santa Fe Salad 499 g 0 58200 13084 3
Signature Café Buffalo Chicken Side Salad 215 g 0 58200 13098 0
Signature Café Caesar Side Salad 140 g 0 58200 13103 1
Signature Café Garden Fresh Side Salad 170 g 0 58200 13105 5
Signature Café Spicy Thai Chicken Side Salad 200 g 0 58200 13096 6

These products were made and sold at Safeway stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

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 diarrhea. 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.

Canada Safeway Limited, Calgary, Alberta, 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 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.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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    613-773-6600