The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been busy issuing food warnings the past few days. The agency has issued warnings on a brand of veggie burger and two types of nuts, hazelnuts and walnuts.
On Fridyay, Nov. 30 CFIA issued a statement in conjuction with Costco Wholesale Canada "warning the public not to consume the Veggie Patch brand The Ultimate Meatless Burger...the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes."
The product, produced in the States., sells "refrigerated in 1.02 kg tray, bearing UPC 6 10129 08477 7. The two Best Before dates affected by this alert are Jan/12/2013 and Jan/17/2013." It was distributed in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. No illnesses have been reported from consuming the product, CFIA said.
Walnut and Hazelnut warnnings from CFIA
Also Friday, with Compass Food Sales, the CFIA warned the public "not to consume Compass brand in-shell California Walnuts...because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella." The product sold in 300 g. bags and had an expiry date of March 7, 2014; the UPC number is 0 68297 20121 0.
Finally, on Sunday, Dec. 2 the CFIA issued a warning on hazelnuts, that warning in conjuction with Loblaws and again because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product, also called 'filberts,' are produced in the U.S. and sell in 454 g bags with UPC number 7 75636 10004 1; they also sell in bulk bins.
The CFIA notes if when food is contaminated with salmonella it does not look or smell spoiled. Bu the agency says that "for young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections." For otherwise healthy persons the illness may cause "short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea."
There's been no reported cases of illness for either of these nut products, the CFIA says.