Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

April 29, 2008 18:19 ET

Warning/Health Hazard Alert: GD Ground Cumin May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume GD Ground Cumin described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected product, GD Ground Cumin, is sold in a 31 g package bearing UPC 6 20383 01038 2. The following lot codes 01X22C, 01X29C, 02X07C and 02X13C are affected by this alert.

This product has been distributed in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.

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

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this 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 diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The manufacturer, Les Aliments G. Dion, Saint-Jerome, QC, 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 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/causee.shtml.

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Shashi Kulkarni (English)
    613-368-1622
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Julie Lacoursiere (French)
    613-760-4044