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Health Hazard Alert: Diwa Brand Frozen Grated Coconut from the Philippines May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

Aug 12 2013 12:00AM

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/12/13 -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Diwa Products Ltd. are warning the public not to consume Diwa brand Grated Coconut described below because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Diwa brand coconut, sold frozen, product of Philippines, is affected by this alert.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Brand Product Size UPC Code----------------------------------------------------------------------------Diwa Grated Coconut 16 oz. (454 g) 6 28838 52049 3 None----------------------------------------------------------------------------Diwa Grated Coconut 40 x 16 oz. case None SPO313----------------------------------------------------------------------------



This product has been distributed nationally.

There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

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, Diwa Products Ltd., Toronto, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Diwa Products Ltd. at 1-877-749-0023 or 1-416-754-0028; 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://www.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:
CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600





Source: Marketwire