Food recall warning

South Island brand Pesto recalled due to potential presence of dangerous bacteria

Brand(s)
Last updated

Summary

Product
Pesto
Issue
Food - Microbial Contamination - Clostridium botulinum
What to do

Do not consume, use, sell, serve or distribute recalled products.

Distribution
British Columbia

Affected products

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
South Island Pesto 250 mL None Product was distributed on October 6, 17, and 26, 2023 at private functions and food fair shows in Victoria and Esquimalt, BC.

Issue

The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum.

What you should do

  • If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, contact your healthcare provider
  • Check to see if you have recalled products
  • Do not consume, serve, use, sell, or distribute recalled products
  • Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms in adults can include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking, including slurred speech, and a change in sound of voice, including hoarseness. Symptoms of foodborne botulism in children can include difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, generalized weakness and paralysis. In all cases, botulism does not cause a fever. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

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Additional information

Background

This recall was triggered by the company. 

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

 

What is being done

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled products from the marketplace.

Details
Original published date:
Alert / recall type
Food recall warning
Category
Food - Multiple food items
Companies

Victoria Community Food Hub Society

Published by
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Audience
General public
Distribution
British Columbia
Recall class
Class 1
Identification number
RA-74609
Canadian Food Inspection Agency ID
15779
Media and public enquiries

Public enquiries
Toll-free: 1-800-442-2342 (Canada and U.S.)
Telephone: 1-613-773-2342 (local or international)
Email: information@inspection.gc.ca

Media relations
Telephone: 613-773-6600
Email: cfia.media.acia@inspection.gc.ca