Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 21, 2010 17:03 ET

Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Yu Yuan Brand Vacuum Packed Sweet Glutinous Corn on the Cob May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2010) -

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The public warning issued on December 17, 2010 has been expanded to include all codes of the affected product.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Yie Ming (Canada) Ltd., are warning the public not to consume Yu Yuan brand vacuum packed Sweet Glutinous Corn described below because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The affected product, Yu Yuan brand Sweet Glutinous Corn, is a single corn cob vacuum packed in a plastic bag that weighs approximately 300 g. The affected product has a UPC 6 922474 188425. All codes of this product are affected by this alert. This product, imported from China, is not labelled in English and/or French

This product was sold in British Columbia. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

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 importer, Yie Ming (Canada) Ltd., Vancouver, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call 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: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/botulisme.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.

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