Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

February 14, 2011 18:54 ET

Expanded Health Hazard Alert/CFIA: Certain Food House Brand Products May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2011) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The public warning issued on February 10, 2011 has been expanded to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Les Aliments JR are warning the public not to consume the Food House brand products described below, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Food House brand products, products of the Syrian Arab Republic, are affected by this alert:

Product   Size   UPC   Lot codes
Tahini of Sesame   400gr   6 210431 486128   Pro: 02/11/2010 and Exp: 01/11/2012
Tahini of Sesame   1000gr   6 210431 486302   Pro: 02/11/2010 and Exp: 01/11/2012
Premium Halawa   400gr   6 210431 466120   Pro: 02/11/2010 and Exp: 01/11/2012
Premium Halawa   1000gr   6 210431 466304   Pro: 02/11/2010 and Exp: 01/11/2012

These products have been distributed in Quebec.

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

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 importer, Les Aliments JR, Montreal, QC, is voluntarily recalling the affected products 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/cause/salmonellae.shtml

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp 

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600