Health hazard alert: Various foods containing peanut products

Various foods containing peanut products recalled by PCA may contain salmonella bacteria

OTTAWA, February 18, 2009 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain foods because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. These foods contain peanut products (butter/paste, as well as whole, crushed, powdered, etc.) that have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) due to Salmonella contamination.

This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify and remove all affected products imported into Canada from the U.S. The CFIA is also working with Canadian manufacturers to recall foods containing affected U.S. peanuts. As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products.

For the complete list of recalled products, including those listed above; please visit our web site.

There have been no confirmed illnesses in Canada 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
  • diarrhoea
  • long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
The manufacturers and importers are voluntarily recalling the affected products 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, please visit the Food Facts web page.

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

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