The CFIA has announced a public warning against certain batches of apple cider sold under the “Richardson’s Farm Market” brand. The apple cider product is believed to be contaminated by the Salmonella bacteria, despite having been pasteurized.
The affected apple cider was sold from November 5 to 9 at the Richardson’s Farm Market, as well as at Hagersville Farmer’s Market. Both of these markets are found in Ontario, in Dunville and Hagersville respectively. The product is packed in 1-litre plastic jugs.
Salmonella is known to be a harmful bacterial contaminant. The bacteria does not make the food look or smell spoiled, however, it can cause serious health risk to the consumer. Common symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, severe headache, nausea, and diarrhea (which could sometimes be bloody). There are also instances where Salmonellosis (infection caused by the Salmonella bacteria) causes arthritis. In children, elderly people and those who have weak immune systems, a Salmonella infection could bring more serious health emergencies, which could even lead to death. To date however, there have been no reports of medical emergencies that are linked to the recall.
Consumers who might have bought the apple cider are advised not to consume it, and instead should dispose of it. For more information about this health hazard warning or about the Salmonella bacteria, consumers may call the Canadian Food Inspection Agency 1-800-442-2342. They may also call this alternative hotline, 1-800-465-7735. The hotlines are available from 8 in the morning until 8 in the evening, during weekdays.