Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 12, 2011 18:57 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2011) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The public warning issued on September 9, 2011 has been expanded to include additional walnuts and walnut products.

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

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

Product & Retailer Size UPC Code
Walnuts without Salt
Bloor SuperFresh
384 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON
Variable
weight
Beginning with
804994
Sold up to
September 9, 2011, inclusive
Walnuts
Your Community Grocer
45 Four Winds Drive, Toronto, ON
Variable
weight
N/A Sold up to
September 12, 2011, inclusive
Walnut Halves
Galati Market Fresh
4734 Jane St., Downsview, ON
5845 Leslie St., North York, ON
666 Burnhamthorpe Road,
Unit 46, Etobicoke, ON
Approx.
250 g &
500 g
N/A Sold up to
September 12, 2011, inclusive
1. Maple Walnut Fudge
2. Chocolate Walnut Fudge
3. Maple Walnut Gelato

Chocolate Moose Fudge Factory
108 Main St. North,
Moose Jaw, SK
Variable
Weight
N/A Sold from August 1 to
September 1, 2011, inclusive

The above walnuts and walnut 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 and Saskatchewan.

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