Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 03, 2009 23:24 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Ocean Mist Brand Green Onions May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept.3, 2009) – Audio clips available at

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and The Grocery People are warning the public not to consume Ocean Mist brand Green Onions described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected product, Ocean Mist brand Fresh Picked Green Onions, was sold in 5.5 oz. plastic bags bearing a sticker with "95ONCP7G BEST BY 083109" and UPC 33383 60503, between August 15 and September 3, 2009.

This product has been distributed in Manitoba, however, it may also have been distributed in Ontario, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

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 importer, The Grocery People, Saskatoon, SK, 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:

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  • CFIA Media Relations