Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 01, 2006 17:28 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert-Saroli Brand Green Bella Di Cerignola Olives May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 1, 2006) - Audio clips available at

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Mario Saroli Sales Inc. are warning the public not to consume Saroli brand Green Bella di Cerignola Olives described below because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by this bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The Saroli brand Green Bella di Cerignola Olives, a product of Italy, is sold in 1 litre containers bearing UPC 7 79390 00404 1 and the lot code 075/6. The affected product has been distributed in Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with the toxin may cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, dry throat, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

The importer, Mario Saroli Sales Inc., Vaughan, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry may call one of the following numbers:

Mario Saroli Sales Inc. at 905-265-2227

CFIA at 1 800 442-2342. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday.

For information on Clostridium botulinum, visit the Food Facts web page at

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

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Garfield Balsom (English)
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Linda LeBlanc (French)