OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning consumers allergic to penicillin not to consume fresh pork processed by Mitchell’s Gourmet Foods Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as it may contain penicillin. It is believed that the penicillin was introduced to the hogs at the farm level. The affected products have been available for sale since December 5, 2001. This warning is of concern only to individuals allergic to penicillin.

The affected products are :

Pork Loin, product number 33929, 22152, 65587
Side Ribs, product number 53821, 30910, 22136
Boneless Leg, product number 31682, 22063
Pork Butt, product number 23213, 88595
Pork Ribletts, product number 29394
Pork Legs, product number 22241
Boneless Back, product number 22268
Rind on Belly, product number 22179
Picnics, product number 22187, 11061
Back Ribs, product number 22039
Pork Tender, product number 19895
Neck Bones, product number 64874
Pork Hocks, product number 19283

Mitchell’s Gourmet Foods Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is voluntarily recalling the affected product. The affected product has been distributed in Ontario (west of Thunder Bay), Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Consumers who are allergic to penicillin are encouraged to check with their retailer to determine if pork purchased on or after December 5, 2001 was supplied by Mitchell’s Gourmet Foods Inc. If consumers allergic
to penicillin cannot identify or confirm that the product was produced by Mitchell’s Gourmet Foods Inc., they should not consume the product.

Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to penicillin. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

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For more information, consumers and industry can call Mitchell’s Gourmet Foods Inc. at 1-800-667-3330 or the CFIA at one of the following numbers:

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