Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 17, 2005 20:36 ET

CFIA: Update-Health Hazard Alert-Saroli Brand Natural Cerignola Olives May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 17, 2005) -

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The public warning issued on November 11, 2005 has been expanded to include additional product code. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Bar. It. Co. Ltd. are warning the public not to consume Saroli brand Natural 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 affected product, Saroli brand Natural Cerignola Olives, a product of Italy, is sold in a 3100 mL container bearing UPC 7 79390 00215 3. Product bearing lot codes 054/5, 075/5 as well as 337/4 are affected by this alert. The affected product is known to have been distributed in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia and may have been distributed nationally.

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, Bar. It. Co. Ltd., Toronto, 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 can call the CFIA at 1 800 442-2342 from 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 www.inspection.gc.ca./english/corpaffr/foodfacts/fftoce.shtml#tipcon.

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
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Shashi Kulkarni (English)
    (613) 368-1622
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Marie-Andree Lefebvre (French)
    (613) 760-4044