Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 24, 2010 22:48 ET

Health Hazard Alert-Rolf's Patisserie Brand and Whole Foods Market Brand Ginger Bread Houses May Contain a Toxin Produced by Staphylococcus Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 24, 2010) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Whole Foods Market are warning the public not to consume the Rolf's Patisserie brand and Whole Foods Market brand Ginger Bread Houses described below because the product may be contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin.

Rolf's Patisserie brand and Whole Foods Market brand Ginger Bread Houses, were purchased in a case pack of 4 (4x435g) and are sold assembled and plastic-wrapped in 435g packages bearing UPC 23680200000.

This product has been distributed in Whole Foods stores in Ontario.

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

Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled. The toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. In severe cases, headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur.

The importer, Whole Foods Markets, Toronto, ON, 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:

Robin Rehfield of Whole Foods Market at 617-417-3895 and robin.rehfield@wholefoods.com; 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 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.

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