Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 09, 2013 00:29 ET

Updated Health Hazard Alert: Certain Clams From Connecticut (USA) May Contain Vibrio parahaemolyticus Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 9, 2013) - The health hazard alert issued on August 7, 2013 has been updated to include additional distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the clams described below because they may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

The following clams, sold in various weights and counts, are affected by this alert:

Product Codes or dates of sale Sold from
Littleneck clams Sold from July 3/13 to August 6/13, inclusively Loblaw, 60 Carleton St., Toronto ON
Loblaw, 1740 Richmond St. N., London ON
Loblaw, 5010 Glen Erin Dr., Mississauga, ON
Loblaw, 650 Dupont Ave., Toronto, ON
Loblaw, 3671 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke, ON
Loblaw, 585 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
Loblaw, 3501 Yonge St., North York, ON
Loblaw, 396 St Clair Ave. W., Toronto, ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 1385 Harmony Rd. N., Oshawa ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 51 Fitzgerald St., Toronto, ON
Sobeys, 343 Glendale Ave., St Catharines, ON Zehrs, 200 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge ON
Zehrs, 472 Bayfield St., Barrie, ON

Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased affected clams should contact their retailer.

The Canadian importers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture announced a recall of oysters and clams from certain harvest areas, reporting that they were implicated in a number of illnesses in the US. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these oysters and clams in Canada. More information on the US recall is available at http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?Q=529440&A=1401.

Food contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause vibriosis, a food borne illness. Symptoms include watery and/or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, and chills. Symptoms usually appear about 12-24 hours after eating contaminated food products, but the onset can range from four to 96 hours. Severe illness is rare and occurs more commonly in persons with weakened immune systems.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls.

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

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600