Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

June 22, 2013 01:25 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Certain Charcuterie Ratinaud French Cuisine Brand Confit Tomatoes May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 22, 2013) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ratinaud French Cuisine are warning the public not to consume certain Charcuterie Ratinaud French Cuisine brand Confit Tomatoes because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The affected product, Charcuterie Ratinaud French Cuisine brand Confit Tomatoes, was sold in jars with no net quantity declared on the label. This product was sold only from Ratinaud French Cuisine, 2082 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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 manufacturer, Ratinaud French Cusine, Halifax, NS, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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