Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 02, 2010 01:19 ET

Health Hazard Alert/CFIA: Certain Country Herbs Brand and Longo's Brand Thai Basil May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Country Herbs are warning the public not to consume the Country Herbs brand and Longo's brand Thai Basil described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Weight UPC Lot code
Country Herbs Thai Basil 40 g 7 72510 00959 9 32277251
Country Herbs Thai Basil 20 g 7 72510 00259 0 32277251
Longo's Thai Basil 40 g 7 72468 01062 3 32277251

The lot code can be found on a white sticker on the package.

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 this 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 diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Country Herbs, Courtland, 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 one of the following numbers:

Country Herbs at 1-800-244-9905

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.

Contact Information

  • Country Herbs
    1-800-244-9905
    or
    CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600