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article imageCFIA recalls jalapeno peppers, potential salmonella contamination

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 21, 2011 in Food
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall for jalapeno peppers due to the possibility of being contaminated with salmonella.
Update: This article has been updated Dec. 22 to include expanded recall information
According to a CFIA release, the agency said fresh jalapeno peppers, imported from the U.S., were sold as follows:
• Unlabelled peppers sold from bulk between Dec. 3 and Dec. 20 at Safeway stores and a variety of independent grocery stores located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon.
• Unlabelled from bulk, or in 4.5 kg Cal Fresco brand cases, sold between Dec. 3 and Dec. 20 under Loblaws banners (Extra Foods, No Frills, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Shop Easy, SuperValu, Real Canadian Superstore, Lucky Dollar and Your Independent Grocer) in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Serrano peppers have also been included in the recall. This product was imported from the U.S. and sold unlabelled from bulk at Safeway stores between Dec. 5 and 20, 2011. For more information please see the latest CFIA release.
Importers are currently voluntarily recalling these food products from their shelves. The CFIA says they are monitoring the effectiveness of this recall.
Consumers who have recently bought unlabelled jalapenos from bulk are being advised by CFIA to check with the stores they shop at to see if the jalapeno product they purchased is an item affected by this recall. Anyone who has bought this item should not eat it.
The agency warns foods that are salmonella-contaminated might not look or smell spoiled, but can cause adverse health affects related to salmonellosis, which is a foodborne illness.
CFIA says at this time there are no reported illnesses associated with consumption of the recalled jalapeno peppers, however cautions of the possible adverse health effects.
Industry and consumers call CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday.
A related recall has been announced in the US by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relating to these peppers.
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