CANADIAN FOOD REPORTS CANADA Border Fruit, which has been recalled from supermarkets, has been banned from sale in grocery stores and some pharmacies.
The fruit is the product of the fruit company Canca, which was formed in 2008, and was sold by several Canadian supermarkets, including Loblaws, Lidl and Cabela’s.
The product is not subject to a recall order, but the Food Safety and Standards Authority of Canada (FSSA) said it has determined that Canca products were contaminated with the bacterium Salmonella.
The FSSA is calling on people to wash hands thoroughly before eating fruit from Canca.
“We strongly encourage consumers to thoroughly wash hands with soap and water after handling fruit or vegetables, and immediately after handling fruits and vegetables,” the FSSA said in a news release.
“In addition, it is important to immediately disinfect fruit or produce before consumption.”
The FSSSA said the products can be sold and used only at the registered retail stores of Canca or its Canadian partners.
Anyone who believes they may have consumed any fruit or vegetable contaminated with Salmonellae should contact a health care provider immediately, the FSSSAs release said.
The CFIA said it was not aware of any outbreaks of salmonella-contaminated fruit or meat in Canada, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet issued a recall notice for any product containing Salmonello.
“The CFAA is committed to working closely with our international partners to ensure the safety of Canadians and our food supply, and we have taken this action as a precautionary measure to prevent any possible outbreaks,” the CFIA spokeswoman said.
Salmonella is a potentially serious foodborne illness that can cause severe illness and death in some people, but is rarely fatal.
Symptoms of Salmonelosis include fever, stomach cramps, abdominal pain, headache, chills, cough, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
The illness can be life-threatening and can cause pneumonia and other severe illness.