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Salmonella Risk: Fresh-cut Fruit Brands Recalled in Multiple Provinces

Health Canada is issuing a recall for various brands of fresh-cut fruit, citing a potential salmonella contamination.

Several brands are affected by the recall, including Central Foods Co., Fresh Start Foods, GFS, Kitchen Essential, and Ready-Set-Serve by Markon, as indicated in the notice released on Sunday. Additionally, unbranded products sold by Fresh Start Foods in Richmond, B.C., are also included in the recall.

The affected fruits were distributed in Alberta, BC, Manitoba, and potentially other provinces and territories, according to the notice. Consumers are urged to inspect their purchases for recalled products and discard them if found. Furthermore, Canadians who suspect they may have fallen ill due to consuming a recalled item are advised to contact their healthcare provider.

This announcement follows a recent recall by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency involving cantaloupes contaminated with salmonella. Several individuals reported illnesses after consuming cantaloupes from the brand Malichita.

Health Canada emphasizes in its latest notice that salmonella may not exhibit visual or olfactory signs of spoilage but can still cause illness. The department cautions that young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of severe and potentially fatal infections. Symptoms for healthy individuals may include short-term issues such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea, with the possibility of long-term complications like severe arthritis.

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