Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 14, 2007 18:26 ET

CFIA/Warning/Health Hazard Alert: White Sesame Seeds Sold in Bulk at Certain Retail Outlets May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2007) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the sesame seeds described below because this product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected sesame seeds, labelled as White Sesame Seeds, were sold in bulk bins at the following retail stores in Ontario:



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Store Sold from
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Bulk Food Mart July 24, 2007 to August 14, 2007
7205 Goreway Drive inclusive
Mississauga, ON
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Great Canadian Bulk Food July 11, 2007 to August 14, 2007
45 Overlea Blvd. inclusive
Toronto, ON
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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 working with importers, distributors and retail stores to have the affected product removed 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 / 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

  • Media Enquiries:
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Davendra Sharma (English)
    613-755-2890
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Julie Lacoursiere (French)
    613-760-4044