Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 08, 2005 18:48 ET

health hazard alert - dangerous bacteria in olives - Ontario

HEALTH HAZARD ALERT - SAROLI BRAND NATURAL CERIGNOLA OLIVES MAY CONTAIN DANGEROUS BACTERIA - DISTRIBUTED IN ONTARIO Attention: Agriculture Editor, Assignment Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2005) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Bar. It. Co.Ltd. are warning the public not to consume Saroli brand Natural Cerignola Olives described below because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by this bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. The affected product, Saroli brand Natural Cerignola Olives, a product of Italy, is sold in a 3100 mL container bearing UPC 7 79390 00215. Product bearing lot codes 054/5 and 075/5 are affected by this alert. This product has been distributed in Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.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 importer, Bar. It. Co. Ltd., Toronto, 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 the CFIA at 1 800 442-2342 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday.For information on Clostridium botulinum, visit the Food Facts web page at www.inspection.gc.ca./english/corpaffr/foodfacts/fftoce.shtml#tipcon.For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca. /For further information: Shashi Kulkarni (English)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Office of Food Safety and Recall
(613) 368-1622
Linda LeBlanc (French)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Office of Food Safety and Recall
(613) 760-4112
www.inspection.gc.ca/english/direct/media// IN: AGRICULTURE, FOOD, HEALTH

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