Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 24, 2013 02:59 ET

Warning: Health Hazard Alert-Certain Frisco's, Queen Victoria and Metro Brands Spinach May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 24, 2013) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ippolito Fruit and Produce Ltd., are warning the public not to consume the Frisco's, Queen Victoria and Metro brands spinach described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following spinach products are affected by the recall:

Brand UPC Size Lot Code/Best Before
Frisco's 0 33383 65201 6 284 g 2 D66258/2013 SE 30
Frisco's 0 33383 45041 4 170 g 2 D66258
Queen Victoria 0 60556 00227 9 227 g 2 D66258/2013 SE 30
Metro 0 59749 89955 0 171 g 2 D66258/2013 SE 30

These products have been distributed in Ontario and Quebec. These products may also have been distributed to other provinces.

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

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The manufacturer, Ippolito Fruit and Produce Ltd., Burlington, Ontario, 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 contact:

Bill Kennedy, Ippolito Fruit and Produce Ltd., at (905) 633-3614 or email at bill.kennedy@ippolito.biz; or,

CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page at: http://inspection.gc.ca/food_poisoning.

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

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    CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600