OTTAWA - Importers of certain salami products sold in Canada have issued a voluntary recall because the products may be contaminated with salmonella.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has posted an alert about the Daniele brand products, including the Gourmet Italian Deli Selection sold in 400-gram packages at Super C stores in Quebec.
In addition, the recall applies to the 500-gram Italian Brand Gourmet Pack, sold at Costco stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and a 600-gram Gourmet Italian Deli Selection Tray, also sold by Costco in the four provinces.
The agency says there have been no reported illnesses associated with eating the products in Canada.
Foods containing salmonella can lead to salmonellosis, a food-borne illness which can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections in young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
In otherwise healthy people, the illness may cause high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
The following codes of Daniele products are affected:
-Gourmet Italian Deli Selection 400 g 7 36436 53013 1 Super C stores in Quebec.
-Italian Brand Gourmet Pack 500 g 7 36436 70737 3 Costco stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
-Gourmet Italian Deli Selection Tray 600 g 7 36436 72005 1 Costco stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says it became aware of a problem while investigating an outbreak of illnesses in several states.
A sample tested during the investigation was found to contain salmonella, but there is no direct link to the strain that caused the U.S. customers to become sick, the department said.
Daniele International, which has operations in Rhode Island, is co-operating with the investigation, and took the extra step of recalling all its products associated with black pepper, which the company believes is a possible source of contamination.
A full list of the products can be found in the recall section of the website for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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