Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

February 25, 2009 18:25 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert - Farmer John's Herbs Brand Organic Basil Leaf May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2009) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Farmer John's Herbs are warning the public not to consume Farmer John's Herbs brand Organic Basil Leaf because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

All lots of Farmer John's Herbs brand Organic Basil Leaf, sold in 6 gram packages, bearing UPC 7 73353 50002 1 are affected by this recall.

This product was distributed in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

There has been no reported illness 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 manufacturer, Farmer John's Herbs, Canning, Nova Scotia, 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).

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Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Garfield Balsom
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Operations Co-ordination - Quebec Area
    Jean-Louis Michaud