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Cryptosporidium Spurs Parsley Recall in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Boskovich brand fresh parsley imported from the U.S. because it may contain Cryptosporidium.

There have been no reported illnesses.

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The affected product was sold only on March 19, 2012 from one store, Canada Safeway, 124 Primrose Dr., Lawson Heights Mall, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The product was sold in bunches enclosed with a band indicating the Boskovich brand and Product of USA.

Food contaminated with Cryptosporidium hominis may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these protozoans may cause cryptosporidiosis, a foodborne illness. Cryptosporidiosis can cause gastroenteritis, watery diarrhea with cramping, abdominal pains and malaise. Symptoms are self limiting in healthy individuals but immunocompromised may experienced prolonged symptoms with increasing severity.

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday).

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