Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 23, 2013 22:07 ET

Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Certain St. Thomas Brand Bar Clams and Bar Clam Stew May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2013) - The public warning issued on March 15, 2013 has been expanded to include additional products because the products may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Previously identified products included in this recall can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website at

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Bar Clams and Bar Clam Stew described below because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The following St. Thomas brand products are affected by this alert:

Product Size UPC Code (on cover of jar)
Bar Clams 210 g
(drained weight)
0 81971 90013 1 03631, 03632, 03834, 03835, 03933, 03934, 03935, 03936, 03938, 05231, 05232, 05233, 05331, 05332, 05333, 05334, 05431, 05432, 05433, 05931, 05934
Bar Clams 100 g
(drained weight)
0 81971 90071 1 01235, 02131
Bar Clam Stew 495 g (17 oz) 0 81971 90058 8 05831, 05832, 05932 05933

These products have been distributed in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.

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

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 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 Clostridium botulinum, visit the Food Facts web page at:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://www.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

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