Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 09, 2011 23:16 ET

Expanded Health Hazard Alert/CFIA: Certain Walnuts and Snack Products May Contain E. Coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2011) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The public warning issued on September 8, 2011 has been expanded to include additional walnuts and snack products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain walnuts and snack products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The following walnuts and snack products are affected by this alert.

Product & Retailer Size UPC Code
Walnut Halves
Jubilee,
104 Allen St., Oakville, ON
Variable
weight
N/A Sold from June 28 to September 1, 2011,
inclusive
Walnut Halves
Garden Foods
501 Queen St. South, Bolton, ON
Variable
weight
Beginning with
0 217009
Sold from April 27
to September 6, 2011,
inclusive
Walnut Halves & Pieces
Kitchen Table
Head Office:12 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
Variable
weight
N/A Sold up to
September 8, 2011,
inclusive
California Walnut Halves
The Pantry Bulk Food Store
120 Whitewood Avenue,
New Liskeard, ON
Variable
weight
N/A Sold from July 6 to
September 9, 2011, inclusive
Maple Frosted Walnuts
Farmer's Daughter
118 Hwy 60, Huntsville, ON
300 g N/A Sold from July 20 to
September 9, 2011,
inclusive
Walnut Pieces
Steelton Produce / R.J's Market
238 Wellington St. W.,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
50 g 280182 404005 Sold from June 9
to September 9, 2011, inclusive
Walnuts
Smith's Markets Inc.
971 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury, ON
Approx.
1 lb
N/A Sold from June 29 to
September 9, 2011, inclusive
Walnut Halves
Pick of the Crop
38 Pine Street N., Timmins, ON
Variable
weight
N/A Sold from June 28
to September 9, 2011,
inclusive

The above walnuts and snack products were repackaged by retailers using bulk walnuts imported by Johnvince Foods in 25 lb cardboard cases bearing Lot code W1866 and the name Andersen and Sons Shelling, Vina, California, USA.

These products were sold in Ontario.

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

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Various distributors / retailers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

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 E. coli O157:H7, visit the Food Facts web page at:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/ecolie.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