Food recall warning

Shredded pork rind and shredded pork skin sold to certain restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area may be unsafe due to Salmonella

Starting date:
September 19, 2021
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Food Safety Warning
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Ministry of Health (Ontario)
Extent of the product distribution:

Last updated:

Advisory details

Ottawa, September 19, 2021 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Ministry of Health (Ontario) are warning restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) not to purchase, use, or serve the products described below due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The following products are known to have been sold to certain restaurants in the GTA which serve Vietnamese/Asian meals. These products were sold frozen to restaurants in clear plastic bags with no labels, no lot codes, no identifiers, and no cooking instructions. At this time there is no evidence of these products being sold directly to consumers and they do not appear to be available or sold at supermarkets.

Recalled product

Brand Product Size UPC Codes Additional Information
None Shredded pork rind various none none Products are sold frozen in clear plastic bags, with no labels, no lot codes, no identifiers, and no cooking instructions. 
None Shredded pork skin various none none

What you should do

Check to see if you have the affected products in your restaurant. If the products are in your facility, do not use them.

If you think you became sick from consuming a food product, call your doctor.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Who is affected

There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. Ministry of Health (Ontario), in collaboration with Public Health Ontario, local public health units and food safety partners are investigating an outbreak of human illness.


This warning was triggered by an investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak of salmonellosis. The outbreak is associated with consumption of food dishes containing shredded pork rind and/or shredded pork skin from certain restaurants serving Vietnamese/Asian meals in the GTA.


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