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Salmonella-caused health food recall in Montreal


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Salmonella problem came to Montreal from the States. All sorts of health products from the Aliments Fontaine Santé Inc. of St. Laurent are being pulled off the shelves. This company provides major grocery stores such as Costco, Loblaws, Metro, IGA, Provigo and Sobeys supermarkets, as well as some smaller health-geared food stores.

Fontaine Santé Inc. are not the only producers taking a hit from the recall: many other firms use the contaminated hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) produced salmonella-contaminated factory in Nevada (owned by Basic Food Flavor Inc).

HVP is normally added to foods like  chips, sauces, dips, salad dressings, hot dogs, soups and frozen dinners. This additive provides the desirable meaty or savory touch to the taste of the food. HPV becomes dangerous when contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella bacteria are known to cause a variety of symptoms starting from nausea to lethality due to infection if the person's immune system is not equipped to combat the pathogen. So far there had been no casualties in Canada.

The recall was not issued for the products that were cooked at high temperatures, since thermal processing kills salmonella. So far, over 53 products had been added to the Canadian recall list.

Check out the list of contaminated products here.


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