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CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Clef Des Champs Brand Organic Ground Ginger May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/13/12 --

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Clef Des Champs brand Organic Ground Ginger because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

The following Clef Des Champs brand Organic Ground Ginger products are affected by this alert:


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Product                        Size                 UPC                Code
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Organic Ground                                                             
 Ginger                        35 g     6 97026 73441 7         BFO11441B06
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Organic Ground                                                             
 Ginger                       500 g     6 97026 70441 0         BFO11441B07
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These products have been distributed nationally.

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

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne 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 manufacturer, Herboristerie La Clef Des Champs Inc., Val-David, Quebec 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).

For information on Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/consumer-centre/food-safety-tips/food-poisoning/salmonella/eng/1332781237334/1332781591310.

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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