Sesame seeds contaminated with salmonella

Canada's food watchdog warned consumers Thursday not to eat GD-brand sesame seeds because they may be tainted with salmonella.

The seeds were packaged by Les Aliments G. Dion and were sold in a 50-gram package with the UPC code 6 20383 01055 9 and the lot code 04W11S, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said.

The seeds were sold in Quebec.

No illnesses have been reported to the company.

Foods tainted with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled, but the bacteria can cause symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In rare cases, the bacteria can kill people who are very young or elderly or who have weakened immune systems.

Every year, 6,000 to 12,000 cases of salmonella illness are reported across Canada.

Consumers can call the Canadian Food Inspection Agency with questions at 1-800-442-2342.

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