Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 29, 2010 21:20 ET

Health Hazard Alert/CFIA: Certain Boncheff Brand Fresh Herbs May Be Contaminated With Salmonella

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 29, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Boncheff Greenhouses are warning the public not to consume certain Boncheff brand fresh herbs described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Boncheff brand fresh herbs are affected by this alert.

Product Size UPC
Fresh Cilantro 1002361 20 g 0 33383 80104 9
Fresh Dill 1002330 20 g 6 25647 80101 0
"Fresh Curly Parlsey" 1002391 20 g 6 25647 65017 5
"Fresh Italian Parlsey" 1002391 20 g 6 25647 65017 5

This is related to the recall of fresh greens originally recalled by J & D Produce Inc., Texas, USA. These fresh herbs were shipped to Canada on December 6, 2010, repackaged and sold thereafter under the Boncheff brand. The packages do not have a lot code or Best Before date.

These products have been distributed in Ontario.

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

Boncheff Greenhouses, Toronto, ON, 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 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 Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.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.

Photos of the products are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cfia-1229.pdf

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600