Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 30, 2013 07:15 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Certain Central-Epicure Brand Gefilte Fish, Ready to Serve May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2013) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Central-Epicure Food Products Limited are warning the public not to consume the Central-Epicure brand Gefilte Fish, Ready to Serve, Sweet and Savoury, described below because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The following products are affected by this alert:

Central-Epicure Gefilte Fish,
Ready to serve,
600 g 0 61279 00440 3 Up to and including
13AL09 (April 09, 2013)
Central-Epicure Gefilte Fish,
Ready to serve,
600 g 0 61279 00442 7 Up to and including
13AL09 (April 09, 2013)

These products have been distributed in Ontario and Quebec.

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

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 manufacturer, Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Central- Epicure Food Products Ltd. at; or

CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page at:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

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