Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

April 01, 2009 21:20 ET

Health Hazard Alert/CFIA - Certain President's Choice Brand Products Containing Pistachios May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2009) - Audio clips available at

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaw Brands Ltd. are warning the public not to consume certain President's Choice brand Premium Nut Collections and White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Bark because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. These products contain pistachios which have been recently recalled in the USA by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. due to Salmonella contamination.

The affected product, described below is affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Lot Code
President's Choice Premium Nut Collection 786 g 0 60383 99907 199J HM1
199J HM2
231J HM1
234J HM1
234J HM2
244J HM1
248J HM1
President's Choice White Chocolate 185 g 0 60383 99928 J287
Cranberry Pistachio J288
Bark J289

These products have been distributed nationally.

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.

The importer, Loblaw Brands Ltd., Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected product 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:

Loblaw Companies Limited Customer enquiries:

1-888-495-5111 or or

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:

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at

Contact Information

  • Loblaw Companies Limited Media enquiries:
    Media Relations