Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

January 19, 2011 19:09 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Mehran Brand Chilli Powder May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2011) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Super Asia Food & Spices Limited are warning the public not to consume the chilli powders described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Mehran brand Chilli Powders, product of Pakistan, are affected by this alert:

Product Size UPC Best Before Date
Chilli Powder 200 g 8 05159 10036 2 April-2013
Chilli Powder 400 g 8 05159 10037 9 April-2013

These products have been distributed in Ontario.

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

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 Importer, Super Asia Food & Spices Ltd. of Woodbridge, Ontario, 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 Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.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.

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Contact Information

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