The Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a nationwide recall of Celebrate brand profiteroles and mini chocolate eclairs after a salmonella outbreak was linked to consumption of one or more of these products.
As of Saturday, April 27th, a total of 72 lab-confirmed cases of Salmonella have been investigated, 27 of which were in British Columbia.
Of these, 19 people were hospitalized and two deaths were reported – however it is unclear whether Salmonella was a contributing cause in these deaths.
Based on the investigation, the individuals became sick between November 2018 and late March 2019, and the majority of cases (59%) were female.
Consumers are advised to throw out or return the following products:
Symptoms of Salmonella typically start six to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria from an infected animal or contaminated product. They include:
- abdominal cramps
Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell bad but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections.
The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.