A Vancouver, B.C. importer is recalling turmeric powder and with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume it because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Gagan Foods International Ltd. says the affected product, Gagan brand Turmeric (Haldi) Powder, product of India, is sold in 200 g packages bearing UPC 7 75620 31106 4. This product has been distributed in British Columbia and Alberta.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the turmeric.
For more information, consumers and industry can call CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday).
Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a food borne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.