Alert issued for sesame seeds sold in bulk

People should not eat certain sesame seeds sold in bulk in some stores in Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia because they may be contaminated with salmonella, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has warned.

The seeds come from a company in Toronto called Johnvince Foods. The product, Quik Kook White Sesame Seeds, was sold in eight-kilogram bags bearing UPC 0 58877 16585 8 and lot codes 71131, 71141 and 71481.

No illnesses linked to the seeds have been reported. Salmonella bacteria are especially dangerous to children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems, the agency says.

This product is known to have been sold in bulk from the following locations on or after June 1, 2007:

  • Johnvince Foods, 555 Steeprock Dr., Downsview
  • Various banners under Loblaws Inc. in Ontario, except No Frills and Cash & Carry
  • Various banners under Great Atlantic & Pacific Company of Canada Ltd. in Ontario, except Loeb
  • Sobeys Canada Inc. in Ontario, only Sobeys banner
  • Foodland, 6 Arthur St., Elmira, Ont.
  • Various independent stores in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec

Consumers who have purchased sesame seeds on or after June 1 and want to know if the product may be contaminated should contact the place of purchase, the agency says.

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