Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

April 14, 2013 05:29 ET

Updated Health Hazard Alert: Certain St. Thomas Brand Bottled Seafood Products May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 14, 2013) - The public warning issued on April 6, 2013 has been updated to include additional products because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Previously identified products included in this recall can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website at

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the St. Thomas brand bottled seafood products described below because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

All sizes and codes of the following St. Thomas brand seafood products, made on or after January 4, 2011, are affected by this alert:

Bar Clams
Bar Clam Stew

These products have been distributed in New Brunswick and may have been distributed in other provinces.

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 CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page at:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

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