Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 10, 2006 20:55 ET

CFIA: Health Hazard Alert-Queen Victoria Brand Fresh Spinach may Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 10, 2006) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Queen Victoria brand fresh spinach described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Queen Victoria brand fresh spinach, a product of U.S.A., is sold in 10oz/284g packages bearing UPC 0 33383 65201 6 and the Best Before date "DEC 07." The affected product may have been distributed nationally.

Although the likelihood of any remaining affected product being sold at the retail level is remote, some consumers may still have this product in their refrigerators. For this reason, consumers are advised to check their refrigerators and not to consume the affected product.

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 CFIA is continuing with its investigation to have the affected product removed from the marketplace.

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.

Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/direct/media/.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Rene Cardinal
    613-295-8909