Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 14, 2006 19:32 ET

CFIA/Updated Health Hazard Alert: Chocolate Coated Almonds Purchased at Hershey's Smiths Falls Chocolate Shoppe May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 14, 2006) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/direct/media/.

The public warning issued on November 12, 2006 has been updated to include additional information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Hershey Canada Inc. are warning the public not to consume chocolate-coated almonds purchased in bulk only at Hershey's Smiths Falls, Ontario Chocolate Shoppe. These chocolate-coated almonds may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected product was sold in bulk by weight between October 23 and November 10, 2006. This product was not included in Halloween, Christmas or any type of gift pack items sold from the Chocolate Shoppe.

Consumers who may have purchased chocolate-coated almonds at Hershey's Smiths Falls, Ontario Chocolate Shoppe and are unsure of the date of purchase should not consume the product.

Hershey Canada Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling this product from the market place.

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 a food contaminated with Salmonella may cause symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long term complications may include severe arthritis. These symptoms could be serious and life-threatening in young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

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

Hershey Consumer Relations, at 1-800-468-1714.

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.

Contact Information

  • The Hershey Company
    Stephanie Moritz
    717-508-3238
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Garfield Balsom (English)
    613-760-4232
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Marie-Andree Lefebvre (French)
    613-760-4044