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Canada recalls pistachio and sesame products after positive Salmonella tests


Tests positive for Salmonella triggered two recalls this weekend by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)  The first real is for  Halawa Pistachio Extra and the second is for Sesame seeds.   Both are for microbial contamination from Salmonella  and the public is warned not to consume the recalled products.

Recalled Halawa Pistachio Products:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
AlBurj (Arabic characters only) Halawa Pistachio Extra (Arabic characters only) 400 g 6 217000 020219
  • P: 04/2021
  • E: 03/2022
  • P: 05/2021
  • E: 04/2022
AlBurj (Arabic characters only) Halawa Pistachio Extra (Arabic characters only) 800 g 6 217000 020677

Fandi Import Export Ltd. is recalling AlBurj brand Halawa Pistachio Extra from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have been sold in Alberta. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated food recall warnings. The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing the recalled products from the marketplace.

Recalled Sesame Seed Products:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes Additional Information
None Sesame seeds white org bulk Variable Starts with 2 72125 All units sold from August 11, 2021 to November 16, 2021, inclusively Sold at Amaranth Whole Foods Market The Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr., St. Albert, AB
None Sesame seeds white org bulk Variable Starts with 0 298569 Packed OCT-19-21 Sold at Amaranth 4th Street Market, 1407 4th St., Calgary, AB
None Sesame seeds white org bulk Variable Starts with 0 200804 Packed on OCT-21-21 Sold at Amaranth Health, 5222 130 Ave. SE, Calgary, AB
None Sesame seeds white org bulk Variable – sold in bulk None All product sold from August 23, 2021 to November 17, 2021, inclusively Sold at Amaranth Whole Foods Market, 7 Arbour Lake Dr. NW, Calgary, AB
Going Nuts Salad Crunchy (Mix) 300 g 6 28110 71284 4 L2136 Sold in Alberta and online

Industry is recalling certain sesame seed-containing products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.  The recalled products have been sold as indicated in the table. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these Sesame seed products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated food recall warnings.

The CFIA is also verifying that industry is removing the recalled products from the marketplace.

ABOUT SALMONELLA

Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.

Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions. Some people get infected without getting sick or showing any symptoms. However, they may still spread the infections to others.

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