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HEALTH HAZARD ALERT

CERTAIN CANTALOUPES PURCHASED AT FOOD BASICS STORE LOCATED ON SHEPPARD AVE EAST, NORTH YORK, ONTARIO MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

OTTAWA, September 19, 2011 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Metro Ontario Inc. are warning the public not to consume the cantaloupes described below because these cantaloupes may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected cantaloupes were sold unwrapped. There is no lot code sticker, UPC or product name on the individual cantaloupes.

The cantaloupes were sold from Food Basics, located at 2452 Sheppard Ave. E., North York, Ontario on September 12, 2011.

There have been no reported 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 food borne 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 retailer, Metro Ontario Inc., Etobicoke, Ontario, 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 call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.shtml.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA’s Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

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.

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CFIA Media Relations
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