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Updated Health Hazard Alert: Certain in Shell Hazelnuts or Mixed Nuts in Shell May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

May 24 2013 12:00AM



OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/24/13 -- The public warning issued on May 22, 2013 has been updated to include additional product and distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain in shell hazelnuts or mixed nuts in shell described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products were sold in packages of various weights or in bulk at the locations indicated below. Consumers who are unsure if they have affected product are advised to check with their retailer.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Product name Store name Location Dates Sold----------------------------------------------------------------------------"Avelines en Fruiterie Potager 539 Boul. Arthur- April 10, 2013 to ecales" Saint-Eustache Sauve, St-Eustache, May 15, 2013 QC----------------------------------------------------------------------------"Noisettes en L'Intermarche 134 Boul. Bellerose November 13, 2012 ecale" Bellerose Est, Laval, QC to February 13, 2013----------------------------------------------------------------------------"Avelines" Club Cooperatif de 88 Avenue du Parc, March 20, 2013 to Consommation de la Amqui, QC May 10, 2013 Vallee----------------------------------------------------------------------------"Avelines" Magasin CO-OP de St- 15, 7e Avenue, St- April 9, 2013 to Fabien Fabien, QC May 10, 2013----------------------------------------------------------------------------Hazelnuts La Cooperative de 121 Boul. St.Pierre March 27, 2013 to(PLU code 4929) Caraquet West Caraquet, NB May 14, 2013----------------------------------------------------------------------------Mixed nuts La Cooperative de 121 Boul. St.Pierre March 27, 2013 to(PLU code 4929) Caraquet West Caraquet, NB May 22, 2013----------------------------------------------------------------------------

The following hazelnut product, packaged in clear plastic bags, was distributed in New Brunswick by Coop St-Quentin, St-Quentin, NB.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Product name Size Product code Dates Sold----------------------------------------------------------------------------Hazelnuts variable 4924 April 4, 2013 to May 13, 2013----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

These recalls are part of an on-going food safety investigation associated with a recall of bulk hazelnuts from USA. The CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify all affected products.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may 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 diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The importer, distributers, and retailers are 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 the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page at:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

CFIA Media Relations

Source: Marketwire

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