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Health Hazard Alert: Certain Central-Epicure Brand Gefilte Fish, Ready to Serve May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

Mar 30 2013 12:00AM

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Central-Epicure Food Products Limited are warning the public not to consume the Central-Epicure brand Gefilte Fish, Ready to Serve, Sweet and Savoury, described below because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The following products are affected by this alert:

----------------------------------------------------------------------------BRAND PRODUCT SIZE UPC BEST BEFORE DATE----------------------------------------------------------------------------Central-Epicure Up to and Gefilte Fish, including Ready to serve, 13AL09 (April 09, Sweet 600 g 0 61279 00440 3 2013)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Central-Epicure Up to and Gefilte Fish, including Ready to serve, 13AL09 (April 09, Savoury 600 g 0 61279 00442 7 2013)----------------------------------------------------------------------------



These products have been distributed in Ontario and Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with the toxin may cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, dry throat, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

The manufacturer, Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Central- Epicure Food Products Ltd. at foodsafety@centralepicure.com; or

CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page at: http://inspection.gc.ca/food_poisoning.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://inspection.gc.ca/recalls.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.



Contacts:
Media enquiries:
CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600





Source: Marketwire


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