Sesame :: White sesame seeds sold in bulk at certain retail outlets may contain salmonella bacteria

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

The affected sesame seeds, labelled as White Sesame Seeds, were sold in bulk bins at the following retail stores in Ontario.

Bulk Food Mart 7205 Goreway Drive Mississauga, ON — July_24, 2007 to August_14, 2007

Great Canadian Bulk Food 45 Overlea Blvd. Toronto, ON — July_11, 2007 to August_14, 2007

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 CFIA is working with importers, distributors and retail stores to have the affected product 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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