Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

February 21, 2007 01:10 ET

CFIA: Health Hazard Alert-Siena Brand Genoa Mild and Calabrese Mild Salami may Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 21, 2007) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Siena Foods Ltd., Toronto are warning the public not to consume the certain Siena brand salami described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Siena brand salami are affected by this alert.

1. Whole or half Genoa Salami, mild, with code dates 07JL25, 07JL27, 07JL29 and 07JL31.

2. Sliced Genoa Salami, mild, approximately 180 to 200 g, with codes dates 07JL28, 07JL29, 07JL30, 07JL31, 07AUG01, 07AU06, 07AU07 and 07AU08, bearing lot code # 28779.

3. Whole or half Calabrese Salami, mild with code dates 07JL21.

Consumers who have purchased sliced salami at Deli counters and are not sure of the brand should inquire at the place of purchase to verify if the they have the affected product.

The affected products were distributed nationally.

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

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 manufacturer Siena Foods Ltd., Toronto, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected salami. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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

Siena Foods Ltd. at 416-239-3967 or 1-800-465-0422.

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, please visit the Food Facts web page at: www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.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 & Emergency Response
    Davendra Sharma (English)
    (613) 755-2890
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall & Emergency Response
    Julie Lacoursiere (French)
    (613) 760-4044
    Website: www.cfia-acia.agr.ca