Food Investigation Response Manual
Appendix 5E - Public Warning Template - C. botulinum

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[DRAFT] Food Recall Warning

(Product) recalled due to potential presence of dangerous bacteria

OTTAWA, (Date) – (Company) is recalling (product) from the marketplace because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product(s) described below.

[Or when the company/importer cannot be named]

Industry is recalling (product) from the marketplace because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product(s) described below.

The following product(s) (has/have) been sold in (province(s) of distribution).

Recalled product(s)

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What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Background

This recall was triggered by (the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) inspection activities/ Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results/ a consumer complaint/ a recall in another country/ findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak/ the company). The (CFIA/ Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

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

Illnesses

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of (this/these) product(s).

[or when there is illness]

There (has been one reported illness/have been reported illnesses) associated with the consumption of (this/these) product(s).

More information

  • (Company name): (Company contact information)
  • CFIA: www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus

Media enquiries

CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600

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