Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

June 07, 2007 01:46 ET

CFIA: Health Hazard Alert-GD Sesame Seeds May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) -

Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume GD sesame seeds described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected product, GD Sesame seed, packed by Les Aliments G. Dion, is sold as a 50 g package bearing UPC 6 20383 01055 9 and the lot code 04W11S.

The affected product has been distributed in Quebec.

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 recalling firm, 9030-5418 Quebec Inc., Saint-Jerome, Quebec, 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 Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/causee.shtml.

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Garfield Balsom (English)
    (613) 760-4232
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Julie Lacoursière (French)
    (613) 760-4044
    Website: www.inspection.gc.ca