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Walnut products recalled for E. coli risk

Canadians should not eat certain prepackaged raw, shelled walnuts from President's Choice and Reddi Snack because they may be contaminated with E. coli, federal officials say.
There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with eating the recalled walnut products, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says. (CFIA)

Canadians should not eat certain prepackaged raw, shelled walnuts because they may be contaminated with E. coli, federal officials say.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Johnvince Foods announced a recall on Thursday of some President's Choice and Reddi Snack walnuts because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, which tainted the water system in Walkerton, Ont. in 2000.

The raw, shelled walnuts products were imported from the U.S. and packaged in Canada, the CFIA said.

The products were distributed across Canada.

Affected products:

Brand & Product Size UPC Code
President’s Choice Raw California Walnut Halves Unsalted 250 g 0 60383 87185 7 Best Before 2012 OC 07
Reddi Snack Hand Selected California Walnuts 350 g 0 64777 28695 1 16581
Source: CFIA

"There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of these products," the agency said in a release.

Johnvince Foods of Downsview, Ont. is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace and CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

In another walnut recall in January, one person in Quebec died and 13 other Canadians fell sick with an E. coli bacterial infection with the same genetic fingerprint. Of the 14 reported cases of E. coli infection, nine people consumed walnuts and seven ate walnuts from the same distributor, the Public Health Agency of Canada said at the time.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled.

Infection from E. coli can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea.