Major food recall in Ontario due to presence of dangerous bacteria

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Published December 10, 2023 at 10:04 am

Health Canada latest recall of soup bases and sauces due to bacteria contamination

Health Canada has issued a nationwide recall for a brand of sauces and soup bases due to the potential risk of microbial contamination of Clostridium botulinum.

The recall for Kopi Thyme sauces and soup bases, available for purchase online, was triggered on Dec. 8.

The following products, sizes, UPCs, and best-before dates are part of the recall:

  • Ipoh Laksa – Curry Noodle Soup Base, 250 ml, 6 28634 62103 5. All Best Before dates up to and including 10/31/2024.

Kopi Thyme - Ipoh Laksa - Front

  • Kam Heong – Golden Fragrance Stir Fry Sauce,  250 ml, 6 28634 62106 6. All Best Before dates up to and including 12/29/2024.

Kopi Thyme - Kam Heong - Front

  • Kari Ayam – Malaysian Style Aromatic Curry Paste, 250 ml, 6 28634 62104 2. All Best Before dates up to and including 09/25/2024.

Kopi Thyme - Kari Ayam - Front

  • Nyonya Laska – Curry Noodle Soup Base, 250 ml, 6 28634 62108 0. All Best Before dates up to and including 09/25/2024.
  • Prawn Curry – Creamy Prawn Curry Paste, 250 ml, 6 28634 62105 9. All Best Before dates up to and including 11/22/2024.
  • Sayur Lodeh – Turmeric Stew Paste, 250 ml, 6 28634 62107 3. All Best Before dates up to and including 11/22/2024.

Food tainted with Clostridium Botulinum toxin may not exhibit spoilage signs but can still cause illness. Symptoms in adults include facial paralysis, unresponsive pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, and speech difficulties including slurred speech and altered voice. Children may experience difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, weakness, and paralysis. Botulism doesn’t induce fever, but severe cases can be fatal.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently undertaking a food safety investigation, with the potential for additional product recalls.

According to Health Canada, the CFIA is ensuring that the industry is actively removing the recalled products from the marketplace.

Risks: Poses health hazard if consumed.

What you should do: Individuals who suspect illness from consuming the product are asked to reach out to their healthcare provider. It is also advised to dispose of or return the items to the place of purchase.

As of Dec. 10 there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

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