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Canada-wide food recall issued after rodent infestation creates risk for salmonella

The distributor sent possibly contaminated products to one Metro Vancouver store
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All food products distributed by Bistak Enterprises Inc. and Bistak Groceries Inc. in Saskatoon are being recalled across Canada due to a rodent infestation.

All food products distributed by two companies in Saskatoon are being recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).  

The recall was issued on Jan. 13 due to a rodent infestation causing possible salmonella contamination in products from Bistak Enterprises Inc. and Bistak Groceries Inc. according to a release from the CFIA. The contaminated foods may include dry foods such as grains, beans, flour; grocery canned goods; fats and oils; drinks; meat products; fish products; baked goods; spices; and milk powder.

Possibly contaminated product was sent to one store in Metro Vancouver, the GG Unisex African and Caribbean Store at 13624 108 Ave. in Surrey. 

"Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick," the CFIA stated. "Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections.

"Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis."

What you should do

  • If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor
  • Check to see if you have the recalled products in your home or establishment
  • Do not consume the recalled products
  • Do not serve, use, sell, or distribute the recalled products
  • Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased

Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected products are advised to contact their retailer.