Undeclared gluten in Hempola hempseed flour

ALLERGY ALERT –
UNDECLARED WHEAT GLUTEN IN HEMPOLA BRAND GLUTEN-FREE HEMPSEED FLOUR

OTTAWA, April 1, 2010 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Hempola Inc. are warning people with allergies to wheat and gluten not to consume the Hempola brand Gluten-Free Hempseed Flour described below. The affected product may contain wheat gluten which is not declared on the label.

All lot codes of the Hempola brand Gluten-Free Hempseed Flour, sold in 454 g packages bearing UPC 6 23188 78923 1 are affected by this alert. This product has been distributed in Ontario.

There has been one reported allergic reaction associated with the consumption of this product.

Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction n persons with allergies to wheat.

The manufacturer, Hempola Inc., Barrie, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.  The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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

Greg Herriott, Hempola Inc., at 416-587-1446;
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 Wheat, one of the nine most common food allergens, visit the Food Allergens web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/allerg/allerge.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.

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