Health Hazard Alert – Fresh Diced Celery & Onions

OTTAWA, July 18, 2012 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Gills Onions brand Fresh Diced Red Onions, Fresh Diced Yellow Onions, and Fresh Diced Celery & Onions described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following Gills Onions brand products, Products of U.S.A., sold in 198 g packages, are affected by this alert:

Product UPC* Lot Code Best Before Date / Use By Date
Fresh Diced Yellow Onions 6 43550 00044 3 22YAA1A2184 07/18/12
07/19/12
07/20/12
Fresh Diced Red Onions 6 43550 00045 0 22RAA1A2184 07/18/12
07/19/12
07/20/12
Fresh Diced Celery & Onions 6 43550 00046 7 22YAA1A2184 07/18/12
07/19/12
07/20/12

*The UPC can also be found on products not included in this recall, please refer to the lot code in order to identify the recalled product.

These products may have been distributed nationally.

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

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The CFIA is working with Canadian importers, distributors, and retailers to recall the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

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 Listeria monocytogenesvisit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/listeriae.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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