The CFIA is warning consumers not to consume Fresh Express brand sunflower crisp chopped kit which has been recalled due to E. coli
The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak of human illness.
As of Dec.11, there are 24 cases of E. coli O157 illness linked to this outbreak in the following provinces: Ontario (11), Quebec (three), New Brunswick (four), Nova Scotia (four), P.E.I. (one), and Newfoundland and Labrador (one).
Individuals became sick between Nov. 5 and Nov. 23.
Six individuals have been hospitalized, including one person who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
No deaths have been reported.
Individuals who became ill are between the ages of three and 73.
Sixty-seven per cent of cases have been female.
This product is not likely to be available at retail stores but may still be in consumer's homes.
Anyone who thinks they may have become sick from consuming a recalled product is encouraged to contact their doctor.
Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.
Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause illness.
Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea.
In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage.
In severe cases of illness, people may die.
This recall was triggered by findings by the CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak.
The 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.
For further details on this active outbreak investigation, click here.