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Walnut recall expands for 2nd time

The list of bulk and packaged nuts under recall for possible contamination with E. coli has been expanded to include snacks that do not contain walnuts.

The list of bulk and packaged nuts under recall for possible contamination with E. coli has been expanded to include snacks that do not contain walnuts.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Toronto-based Johnvince Foods said that the list has been changed to alter the code of the bulk walnuts and to include more potentially contaminated prepackaged nuts and other snacks. 
What was initially a recall of walnuts now includes other nuts and snacks that were processed at the same time as the affected lot. (CFIA)

"It's basically a follow-up of our investigation into the processing," Garfield Balsom, a food safety and recall specialist with CFIA in Ottawa, said Thursday.

The new additions "have been processed using the contaminated lot or in same time frame."

The affected brands include:

  • Bulk walnuts distributed by Johnvince Foods and sold from bulk bins.
  • Presidents Choice.
  • Longos.
  • Compliments.
  • Stock & Barrel.
  • Joe's.
  • Picard Peanuts.
  • Aliments Naturels Bonne Santé.
  • M & L Gourmet Selection.
  • FreshCo.
  • Reddisnack.
  • Federated Vitality.

Affected products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Eating foods tainted with E. coli can lead to abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Severe cases of E. coli-related illnesses can be fatal.

No illnesses related to E. coli-tainted walnuts have been reported.

The nuts were imported from the United States and may have been distributed nationally, CFIA said.

The agency announced the initial Johnvince walnut recall on Sept. 1.

In April, walnuts were removed from bulk bins and store shelves after more than a dozen Canadians got sick.