Salmonella :: Sesame seeds may contain salmonella bacteria, Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain pre-packaged and bulk sesame seeds described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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

Store Product and label description Sold from
OK Food, Produce & Movie Store
1023-5075 Falconridge Blvd NE
Calgary, Alberta
OK brand Till sold in packages of 400 g
(Item # 6098) and 800 g (Item # 6097)
May 18, 2007 to July 18, 2007 inclusive
OK Food, Produce & Movie Store
#1, 3250 – 60 St NE
Calgary, AB
OK brand Till sold in packages of 400 g
(Item # 6098) and 800 g (Item # 6097)
March 12, 2007 to July 18, 2007 inclusive
Lambda Investments
1423 Centre St NW
Calgary, Alberta
White Sesame (8 oz.), UPC 3 38210 30227 1
White Sesame (2 lb.), UPC 3 38210 30908 9
April 11, 2007 to July 18, 2007 inclusive
Omonia Food Imports
10605-101 St. Edmonton, AB
Sesame seeds, 230 g June 26, 2007 to July 20, 2007 inclusive
Elsafadi Bros Supermarket
11316-134 Ave. NW
Edmonton, AB
Unlabelled pre-packaged sesame seeds
size : 400 g
March 14, 2007 to July 24, 2007 inclusive
House of Spice
190 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON
Unlabelled pre-packaged sesame seeds
size : 200 g and 400 g in clear plastic bag
June 4, 2007 to July 17, 2007 inclusive
East India Company
2446 Cawthra Road
Mississauga, ON
East India Company pre-packaged sesame seeds
size : 400 g and 800 g in clear bags
June 12, 2007 to July 18, 2007 inclusive
Mona Fine Foods
1675 The Chase
Mississauga, ON
Unlabelled pre-packaged sesame seeds
size : 2 lb bags
March 4, 2007 to April 2007 inclusive
Bulk Food Stop
2900 Warden Avenue
Scarborough, ON
Sold in bulk bin at their store January 22, 2007 to July 18, 2007 inclusive
Great Canadian Bulk Food
45 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON
Sold in bulk bin at their store April 2007 to May 2007 inclusive
Baghdad Supermarket
3255 Rutherford Road
Vaughan, ON
Sold in bulk bin at their store January 22, 2007 to July 14, 2007 inclusive
Hoi Mei Shing
7060 Warden Avenue
Markham, ON
Sold in bulk bin at their store January 24, 2007 to July 18, 2007 inclusive
Hadaf Wholesalers & Retailers
26 Levendale Road
Richmond Hill, ON
Sold in bulk bin at their store January 31, 2007 to July 17, 2007 inclusive

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacterium 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 CFIA is working with importers, distributors and retail stores to have the affected products removed 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).


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