Since October last year, organic or all-natural foods have accounted for about 14% of the total food safety recall actions initiated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

So far this month, ten out of the 21 Class 1 (serious) food recalls initiated by the CFIA have been for self-described organic or natural products.

Fred Jamieson of the CFIA's recall section, told the Globe and Mail that the number of recalls could simply be down to the increased use of the words "organic" or "all-natural" on product packaging.

"I notice a lot of companies use the word 'organic' because it has a certain appeal to the public without saying what it actually means," he said. "It is sort of like companies a while ago who put the words 'cholesterol-free' on food even if it didn't ever have cholesterol in it."