The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a national recall warning for various parfait and yogurt bowls sold at Sobey's, Metro, and Loblaws stores across Canada. This recall, announced on January 12, 2024, is a precautionary response to potential Salmonella contamination.

This recall is directly linked to a previous recall by Quaker Canada on January 11, 2024, involving granola products suspected of Salmonella contamination. The granola used in these parfait and yogurt bowls originates from the recalled Quaker Canada batch.

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Affected Retail Stores

The products under recall are distributed through Metro and the various retail banners of both Sobey's and Loblaws, including:

  • Loblaws Banners: Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, Atlantic Your Independent Grocer, Wholesale Club, Provigo, Maxi, Superstore, Fortinos, Loblaw, Valu-Mart, Zehrs, Extra Foods, and more.

  • Sobey's Banners: Coop, Foodland, IGA (across its various formats), Tradition, Bonichoix, Bonisoir, Omni, Voisin, Rachelle-Béry, Safeway, and Thrifty Foods.

Health Risks and Symptoms

Salmonella, a common cause of foodborne illness, can lead to symptoms like fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. While healthy individuals typically recover without long-term effects, Salmonella poses a serious risk to young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, potentially leading to severe and sometimes fatal infections. Long-term complications could include severe arthritis.

Advice for Consumers

  • Check for Recalled Products: Consumers are urged to check if they have purchased any of the recalled parfait or yogurt bowls.

  • Do Not Consume: If you have any of the recalled products, do not consume, use, sell, serve, or distribute them.

  • Disposal or Return: Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

  • Seek Medical Attention if Necessary: If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

No Reported Illnesses Yet

As of the recall date, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the recalled parfait and yogurt bowls. However, the CFIA continues its food safety investigation, which may lead to further recalls. They are also ensuring that the industry complies with the recall.

Staying Informed

Consumers are encouraged to stay informed about the health risks associated with food recalls. You can sign up for recall notifications by email and follow updates on social media. For a more detailed explanation of the food safety investigation and recall process, and to report any food safety or labeling concerns, visit the CFIA website.

The recall, classified as Class 2, demonstrates the vigilance of the CFIA in monitoring and responding to potential food safety risks. The proactive steps taken by Sobey's, Loblaws, Metro, and other associated companies reflect their commitment to consumer safety and the rigorous standards upheld by Canadian food retailers and manufacturers.

For more detailed information on the recall and the full list of affected products, please refer to the Government of Canada recall warning.

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