Some East Indian Cardmom Seeds may be contaminated with Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume cardamom seeds described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products are affected by this alert:

Product Size
Sold at
Sold between

India Bazaar
“Cardmom Seeds”
100 g
0 200577
O/A India Bazaar
Fresh Pik’s, 10405
Kennedy Road North,
Brampton, ON
May 26 and June 23, 2010, inclusive

Cardamom Seeds
100 g
Bestway Food Centre,
2626 Islington Ave.,
Toronto, ON
May 6 and June 23, 2010, inclusive

“Elachi: Dana”
50 g
O.K. Food, Produce and
Movie Store, #1023,
5075 Falconridge Blvd.
N. E., Calgary, AB
June 6 and June 23, 2010, inclusive

There have been no reported illnesses 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 distributors are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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