The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Toronto, Ontario-based Tiffany Gate Foods are warning the public not to consume Greek Style Pasta Salad, as it may be contaminated with the bacteria Shigella sonnei.

The Greek Style Pasta Salad was distributed in Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The affected product was sold by grocery stores and cafeterias including the following: A&P, Atlantic Superstores, Barn Market, Dominion, Farrons, Fiesta Farms, Foodliner, Fortino's, IGA, Loblaws, Loeb, Sun Valley Fine Foods, Super F, Ultra-Mart, Valumart, Wright's Bros Farm Market, Your Independent Grocer, Zehr's, Ziggy's, Dine-E-Zee Hurontario, Essential Foods, Toronto, McMaster Meats and Deli, Hamilton, Open Window Health Bread, Toronto, Café 493, Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital Cafeteria, Toronto and Toronto General Hospital Cafeteria. Tiffany Gate Foods may have also distributed the affected product to other grocery stores, cafeterias and restaurants.

The Greek Style Pasta Salad was distributed in large commercial size containers and was repackaged into smaller size containers or sold to consumers in serving portions at deli counters or in restaurants.

Consumers who have purchased Greek Style Pasta Salad on or after 2 May to 18 May 2002 should enquire at the place  where they purchased the Greek Style Pasta Salad  to verify if the store received the affected product.

The recall is a result of an investigation by City of Ottawa Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Quebec provincial agencies and the CFIA due to reported illnesses.

Shigella infection can cause diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, nausea, and vomiting.  Illness usually lasts from 4 to 14 days. In some persons, especially very young and very old people and people with compromised immune systems, the diarrhea can be more severe.  Infection can occur after eating and drinking food and water that is contaminated with Shigella and can be passed from person to person.

Anyone who recently ate the affected product and has concerns should seek advice from medical professionals and contact local public health departments.

For more information, consumers and industry can call CFIA at the following numbers:

In the province of Quebec 1-800-561-3350; or
In other provinces and territories 1-800-442-2342.