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2011-09-09

Recall - bulk and prepackaged raw shelled walnut and other snack products (including prepackaged almonds, toasted corn, cashews, raisins, peanuts, and trail mixes)

The following recall notice is from HSW:


Event Hightlights
Event Update: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Johnvince Foods are warning the public not to consume certain bulk and prepackaged raw shelled walnut and other snack products (including prepackaged almonds, toasted corn, cashews, raisins, peanuts, and trail mixes) described here because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Many different walnuts and snack products brands are involved, including: President's Choice, Reddi Snack, No Frills, Longo's, Compliments, FreshCo, Planters, Marketplace, Stock & Barrel, and Joe's Tasty Travels, Picard Peanuts, and M & L Gourmet Selection. See HSW Product Details tab for specifics on the affected products, including many more pictures. Several new products have been added.


Consumers who may have purchased unlabelled walnuts from bulk and are unsure if they have the affected product are advised to contact the place of purchase to determine if it is affected by this recall.

The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) and the City of Montreal have identified at least one specific retailer in Montreal that sold affected walnuts. SeeExposure Details tab and Product Details tab for more information.These products have been distributed nationally.
Although there have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of these products, Canada experienced an E. coli outbreak earlier this year associated with bulk and prepackaged shelled walnuts.
Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. See Hazard Details tab for more information.

Johnvince Foods, Downsview, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected products 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).

Note: This is a CFIA Class I recall (High risk): The CFIA will request a Class I recall for a food product when there is a high risk that eating or drinking that product will lead to serious health problems or death. The CFIA issues a public warning for all Class I recall when the product is available for sale or could be in the consumer’s home.

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