Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 21, 2015 02:07 ET

Food Safety Warning: RAU RAM (finger mint) and NGO GAI (culantro) may be unsafe due to Salmonella

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 21, 2015) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume and retailers, restaurants and institutions not to sell or use the products described below due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Only RAU RĂM (finger mint) and NG® GAI (culantro) imported by Canada Herb and sold from October 14, 2015 to October 20, 2015 are affected by this warning. These products may have been sold in clear plastic bags bearing the name Canada Herb or may have been repackaged or sold in bulk without a label or coding. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected products are advised to contact their retailer.

The following products have been sold in Ontario.

Products

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
None RAU RĂM (finger mint) Variable None None
None NG® GAI (culantro) Variable None None

What you should do

Check to see if you have the products in your home. If the products are in your home, do not consume them.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

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Background

This warning was triggered by CFIA test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of these or other products. If products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through a Food Recall Warning.

Illnesses

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

More information

• CFIA: www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus

Contact Information

  • Media enquiries
    CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600