The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume PureFit brand peanut butter crunch bars because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
The products affected are 56.7-gram bars with UPC code 8 12787 00100 8 and boxes of 15 bars with UPC code 8 12787 00200 5.
The best by dates are 1 March 2012 and 12 July 2013.
The CFIA said in a release these products may have been distributed nationally. To date, however, it has no reports of illness associated with the consumption of these products.
The CFIA cautions that food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled, but consuming these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne 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 diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
The CFIA said these products have been recalled by the legal agents in the United States.
More information on the recall can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.
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 to Friday).
The CFIA's latest advisories are also posted on its website at www.inspection.gc.ca.