Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 20, 2007 16:10 ET

CFIA/Warning/Updated Health Hazard Alert: Los Angeles Salad Company Baby Carrots May Contain Shigella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2007) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The public warning issued on August 17, 2007 has been updated to include additional information on product distribution. The affected product was also sold in Manitoba.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Los Angeles Salad Company Baby Carrots described below because the product may be contaminated with Shigella.

The affected product, Los Angeles Salad Company Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots, is labelled as product of Mexico and imported by Los Angeles Salad Company. It is sold in 672 g/1.5 lb plastic bags bearing ITM 50325, UPC 8 31129 00137 7 and Sell By dates up to and including 8/13/07.

This product was sold in Costco stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland.

There have been four confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Shigella may not look or smell spoiled. Shigella infection can cause diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, nausea, and vomiting. Illness usually lasts from 4 to 14 days. In some persons, especially very young, and very old people and people with compromised immune systems, the diarrhea can be more severe. Infection can occur after eating and drinking food and water that is contaminated with Shigella and can be passed from person to person.

Costco Wholesale, Ottawa, 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 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Shigella, visit the Food Facts web page athttp://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

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Shashi Kulkarni (English)
    613-368-1622
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Julie Lacoursière (French)
    613-760-4044
    http://www.cfia-acia.agr.ca