Oatmeal Cereal for Baby may contain gluten

Courtesy the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for BabyThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with sensitivities to gluten not to consume the Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for Baby described below. The affected product may contain gluten which is not declared on the label.

The affected product, Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for Baby, product of USA, is sold in 170 g (6 oz) packages bearing UPC 0 48685 71786 8 and a USE BY date of 15APR 2013.

This product has been distributed in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and may have been distributed nationally.

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

Consumption of this product may cause a serious reaction in persons with sensitivities to gluten.

CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to have the affected product removed from the marketplace.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the 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 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.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: http://www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

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Two El Peto products recalled

HEALTH HAZARD ALERT
VARIOUS FOODS CONTAINING HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEINS (HVP) RECALLED BY BASIC FOOD FLAVORS INC. MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

OTTAWA, March 20, 2010 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the foods described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. These foods contain dry powder and paste hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) ingredients which have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada by Basic Food Flavors Inc. due to Salmonella contamination.

This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify and remove all affected products imported into Canada from the U.S. The CFIA is also working with Canadian manufacturers to recall foods containing affected HVP ingredients. As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products.

The following foods, manufactured in Canada, are affected by this alert:

El Peto Products Vegetable Soup Mix (Gluten-free)
Size 280 g
UPC Code 7 72573 40443 0 09357
Code 10026, 10041, 10056

El Peto Products Onion Soup Mix (Gluten-free)
Size 300 g
UPC Code 7 72573 40446 1 10027
Code 10062
These products may have been distributed nationally

For the complete list of recalled products, including those listed above; please visit our Web site at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2010/salmonellaprotbe.shtml

There have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a food borne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The manufacturer is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the 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 Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.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

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit our web site at: www.inspection.gc.ca