Certain in shell hazelnuts or mixed nuts in shell may contain Salmonella bacteria

Starting date:
May 23, 2013
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Updated Health Hazard Alert
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Various retailers
New Brunswick, Quebec
Extent of the product distribution:
CFIA reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 23, 2013 - The public warning issued on May 22, 2013 has been updated to include additional product and distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain in shell hazelnuts or mixed nuts in shell described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products were sold in packages of various weights or in bulk at the locations indicated below. Consumers who are unsure if they have affected product are advised to check with their retailer.

Product name Store name Location Dates Sold
Avelines en écales Fruiterie Potager Saint-Eustache 539 Boul. Arthur-Sauvé,
, QC
April 10, 2013 to May 15, 2013
Noisettes en écale L’Intermarché Bellerose 134 Boul. Bellerose Est,
, QC
November 13, 2012 to February 13, 2013
Avelines Club Coopératif de Consommation de la Vallée 88 Avenue du Parc,
, QC
March 20, 2013 to May 10, 2013
Avelines Magasin CO-OP de St-Fabien 15, 7e Avenue,
, QC
April 9, 2013 to May 10, 2013
Hazelnuts (PLU code 4929) La Coopérative de Caraquet 121 Boul. St. Pierre West
Caraquet, NB
March 27, 2013 to May 14, 2013
Mixed nuts (PLU code 4929) La Coopérative de Caraquet 121 Boul. St. Pierre West
Caraquet, NB
March 27, 2013 to May 22, 2013

The following hazelnut product, packaged in clear plastic bags, was distributed in New Brunswick by Coop St-Quentin, St-Quentin, NB.

Product name Size Product code Dates Sold
Hazelnuts variable 4924 April 4, 2013 to May 13, 2013

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

These recalls are part of an on-going food safety investigation associated with a recall of bulk hazelnuts from USA. The CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify all affected products.

The importer, distributers, and retailers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne 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 diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis. For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.