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Recall -- Canadian Government Press Release

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Health Hazard Alert -- Certain President's Choice Baby Food Jars May be Contaminated With Harmful Bacteria


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- OTTAWA, April 9, 2005 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain President's Choice Baby Foods described below.

This recall is being conducted because the seals on some jars have been found to be seriously compromised. The loss of seal may permit the entry of harmful bacteria into the product. While no harmful bacteria have been found in the product, this recall is being conducted as a precautionary measure.

All codes of the following President's Choice products sold in 128 mL glass jars are affected by this alert:

Product - UPC

Organics Strained Carrots - 6038369269
Organics Strained Sweet Potato - 6038369271
Organics Strained Peas & Brown Rice - 6038369276
Organics Strained Peas - 6038369277
Organics Strained Squash - 6038369278
Organics Strained Vegetable & Pasta - 6038369280
Organics Strained Mixed Vegetable - 6038370860
Organics Strained Carrot & Peas - 6038370861
Organics Strained Sweet Potato & Chicken - 6038370862
Organics Strained Vegetable & Turkey - 6038370863
Beginner Strained Carrots - 6038371258
Beginner Strained Sweet Potato - 6038371259
Beginner Strained Squash - 6038371260
Beginner Strained Peas - 6038371263
Strained Mixed Vegetable -6038371269
Strained Carrots & Peas - 6038371270
Strained Sweet Potato & Chicken - 6038371271
Strained Vegetable & Turkey - 6038371272
Strained Vegetable & Lentils - 6038369281

Sunfresh Limited, Toronto, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. These products have been distributed across Canada. These products can be returned at point of purchase.

One of the potential harmful bacteria could be Clostridium botulinum. Botulism is a life-threatening illness caused by the build-up of toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Food contaminated with C. botulinum may or may not look or smell spoiled. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call 1-800-903-7274, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., local time.

For information on receiving recalls by electronic mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.


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