Sesame seed salmonella warning expanded
- July 31, 2007 2:37 PM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is expanding its warning to consumers not to eat certain prepackaged and bulk sesame seed products because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
The agency issued its original alert on July 26. It expanded that alert on Monday to include more products, sold in stores in Ontario and Alberta. A complete list is available on the CFIA website.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with these products.
Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can 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 says it is working with importers, distributors and retail stores to have the affected products removed from the marketplace.
For more information, consumers can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday).
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