Berni brand pesto recalled

Consumers who are allergic to cashews should avoid eating Berni brand pesto products, Canada's food watchdog warned Thursday.

The ingredient label on the products lists cashews using the French term anacardes, which may not be familiar to all consumers, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said.

The recall affects the following products:

  • Berni brand Pesto al Pomodoro, 195-gram jar, UPC 8 73186 00006 1 and 8 032589 960132.
  • Berni brand Pesto al Basilico, 195-gram jar, UPC 8 73186 00000 9 and 8 032589 960217.

The products were imported from Italy by Mississauga, Ont.-based Aurora Importing and Distributing.

The CFIA has confirmed the products were distributed in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. The federal agency also notes the pesto products may have been distributed nationally.

One associated illness has been reported.

Consumers with questions can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.

Allergy alert