A company is recalling broccoli microgreens because of Salmonella according to a notice from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The recall for Broadwood Farm brand microgreens was triggered by the company and is related to a recall of broccoli sprouting seeds posted in recent days. The seeds were sold nationally in Canada in consumer and producer size packages.

Contaminated seeds can produce contaminated microgreens and sprouts.

The recall notice says the microgreens were produced in Ottawa but does not say what volume is being recalled. The company reported that the broccoli microgreens were sold in the province of Ontario. As of the posting of the recall notice there hadn’t been any confirmed illnesses reported in relation to the microgreens.

“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated food recall warnings,” according to the recall notice. The agency is overseeing the removal of the recalled microgreens from the retailers. 

There is concern that consumers may have the recalled microgreens in their homes because the expiration date is not until Nov. 13.

Any consumers who have the microgreens in their homes should throw them away and clean any containers or surfaces they came into contact with.

Consumers can use the following label information to determine whether they have the implicated microgreens. 

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Broadwood Farm Broccoli Microgreens 75 g 6 27987 64959 8 November 13, 2021
Broadwood Farm Seasonal Mix Microgreens 100 g 6 27987 64958 1 November 13, 2021

About Salmonella infections
Food that is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria usually does not look, smell or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection, but infants, children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled broccoli microgreens and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. 

Older adults, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others.

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