Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

May 16, 2013 21:44 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Certain in Shell Hazelnuts May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 16, 2013) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain in shell hazelnuts described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products were sold in packages of various weights or in bulk at the locations indicated below. Consumers who are unsure if they have affected product are advised to check with their retailer.

Product name Store name Location Dates Sold Up To
Filberts Luciano Foods 114 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON Nov 24, 2012 to May 14, 2013
Hazelnuts in Shells Il Negozio Nicastro 792 Bank St., Ottawa, ON Nov 22, 2012 to May 14, 2013
"Avelines en écales" Le Crac Aliments Sains Inc. 690 rue St-Jean, Quebec, QC April 3, 2013 to May 13, 2013
"Avelines en écales (Jumbo)" Cananut 1565 Chabanel O., Montreal, QC Nov 5, 2012 to January 31, 2013
"Avelines en écales (Jumbo)" Cananut 6858 Jean-Talon Est, Montreal, QC Nov 5, 2012 to January 31, 2013
"Avelines en écales (Jumbo)" Cananut 2995 Dagenais O., Laval, QC Nov 5, 2012 to January 31, 2013
"Avelines en écales (Jumbo)" Cananut 4913 St-Jean, Pierrefonds, QC Nov 5, 2012 to January 31, 2013

The following hazelnut product was distributed in Quebec and New Brunswick by Le Meilleur Enr., Montmagny, QC.

Brand name Product name Size UPC Product code
LM Filberts in the shell 375 g 0 66577 50450 1 12317 to 13112

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

These recalls are part of an on-going food safety investigation associated with a recall of bulk hazelnuts from USA. The CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify all affected products.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The importer, distributers, and retailers are 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 the 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

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations