Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

July 12, 2007 21:45 ET

Expanded-Health Hazard Alert/CFIA-Certain Sesame Seeds Sold at Specific Retail Outlets May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2007) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml

The public warning issued on June 28, 2007 has been expanded to include additional products and distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain pre-packaged sesame seeds described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected sesame seeds described in the table below were sold from the following stores in Ontario and Quebec.



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Store Product and label description Sold from
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Distributed in various Amira brand, White sesame seeds, January 31, 2007 to
retail stores in 2.5 kg, UPC 0 69467 00452 5 June 29, 2007
Quebec
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Distributed in various Amira brand, White sesame seeds, January 17, 2007 to
retail stores in 150 g, UPC 0 69467 80051 6 June 29, 2007
Quebec
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Distributed in various Amira brand, White sesame seeds, February 5, 2007 to
retail stores in 454 g /1 lb, UPC 0 69467 90803 8 June 29, 2007
Quebec
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Arya Food Market, 508 Arya Sesame seeds, 100 GR. February 27, 2007
Gladstone Avenue, Arya Market Services Inc., to June 28, 2007
Ottawa 477 Bank St., Ottawa, ON,
K2P 1Z2
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Mid-East Foods, Sesame Seeds Hulled, 0.454 kg, February 13 to
1010 Belfast Rd, UPC 200809 102268 June 28, 2007
Ottawa
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Desi Price Club, Desi Price Club, Sesame Seeds April 1 to June 20,
1950 Merivale Road, White 2007
Ottawa 200 g, UPC 123456789362
0.5 lb, UPC 123456789740
1.0 lb, UPC 123456789361
2.0 lb, UPC 123456789461
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Cash & Carry Central, Amira brand, White Sesame Seeds, January 17 to
1445 Mazurette, 907 g/ 2 lbs, June 28, 2007
Montreal UPC 0 69467 90199 2
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Tootsi Impex Marche "Graines de sesame blanchies" April 2 to June 25,
Central, 673 du sold in clear plastic bag 2007
Marche-Central, in various package sizes
Montreal
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Consumers who have purchased the sesame seeds described above during the time periods, and are unsure that it is affected product, should contact the retail store to determine if the product purchased is affected.

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 CFIA is working with importers, distributors and retail stores to have the affected products 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

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Garfield Balsom (English)
    613-760-4232
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Julie Lacoursiere (French)
    613-760-4044