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May 13, 2002

CANADA: CFIA warns that imported Susie cantaloupe may contain salmonella bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Susie brand cantaloupe as they may contain the bacteria responsible for salmonellosis in humans. The Susie brand cantaloupes was imported into Canada by Western Grocers, Calgary, Alberta and distributed to retail stores in western Canada.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Susie brand cantaloupe as they may contain the bacteria responsible for salmonellosis in humans.

The Susie brand cantaloupes was imported into Canada by Western Grocers, Calgary, Alberta and distributed to retail stores in western Canada.

The cantaloupe may or may not have the Susie brand appearing on each unit. Consumers who have purchased cantaloupe, and are unsure of the brand, should verify with their retailer whether they are affected by the recall.

The CFIA is working with the importer, Calgary, Alberta-based Western Grocers, to remove the affected product from the marketplace.

Food contaminated with Salmonella will not look or smell spoiled. Common symptoms of Salmonella infection are nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, although more serious consequences are possible, especially in young children, in the elderly, and in people with an weakened immune system. There have been a number of illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of this product.

The CFIA is continuing with the investigation and is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

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

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