Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

June 08, 2007 19:16 ET

Health Hazard Alert/CFIA-Jars of Clams and Jars of Cod Liver Sold at Poissonnerie Lelievre, Lelievre et Lemoignan Ltee May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2007) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Poissonnerie Lelievre, Lelievre et Lemoignan Ltee are warning the public not to consume clams and cod liver sold in mason jars because these products may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by this bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The affected products were sold only from the Poissonnerie Lelievre, Lelievre et Lemoignan Ltee retail outlet, 52, rue des Vigneaults, Sainte-Therese-de-Gaspe, Quebec. The affected products were packed in mason jars, all sizes of these products are affected by this alert. These products do not contain any lot codes, UPC codes, or Best Before dates.

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

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, Poissonnerie Lelievre, Lelievre et Lemoignan Ltee store, 52, rue des Vigneaults, Sainte-Therese-de-Gaspe, Quebec, 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:

Poissonnerie Lelievre, Lelievre et Lemoignan Ltee at (418) 385 - 3310.

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 Clostridium botulinum, visit the Food Facts web page at http://www.inspection.gc.ca./english/corpaffr/foodfacts/fftoce.shtml#tipconhttp://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/causee.shtml.

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

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Davendra Sharma (English)
    613-755-2890
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Julie Lacoursiere (French)
    613-760-4044