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Published On: Mon, May 13th, 2013

Canada: Nut butter recalled due to salmonella risk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain almond butter, peanut butter and tahini products that were sold in bulk or repackaged at various locations across the country because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella or other harmful bacteria, according to a CFIA advisory Friday.

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Image/CDC

The products, which were distributed by Tootsi Impex, a Quebec-based natuural food supplier, include various peanut butter, almond butter and tahini products (see release for product specifics and locations).

The affected products were distributed to Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Salmonella is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Children are especially susceptible because they frequently put their fingers into their mouths and because their immune systems are still developing.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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