Eating healthy can be tricky. And it's proven to even be dangerous for some Canadians. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued an E. coli food recall for Fresh Express-brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits after 16 people fell ill after eating the product. 10 of those 16 were based in Ontario.

According to the recall report issued by the CFIA on Sunday, December 8, the Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits have been identified as a source of the outbreak.

The 16 Canadians who contracted E. coli reported having eaten this brand of salad kits before they started falling ill.

These people became sick between November 5 and November 22, 2019. Of the affected consumers, 10 were in Ontario, one in Quebec, three in New Brunswick, one in Nova Scotia, and one in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As of now, four people have actually had to be hospitalized as a result of contracting the potentially deadly bacterial infection. Those with the illness range from ages 11 to 73.  

Narcity was directed to a Public Health Agency of Canada warning which reads: "Canadians are advised not to eat the recalled product or any Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits sold in 315g packages, UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and best before date up to and including 07DEC19."

"Retailers and food service establishments are advised not to sell or serve these products, or any items that may have been prepared or produced using these products."

Meanwhile, the CFIA advises people to check for the product in their home, particularly if it falls into the categories defined above. If you possess the product on recall, you're advised to either return it to the store or throw it out safely.

E. coli can be a particularly dangerous bacteria, as contaminated food may not look or smell wrong, but can still make you sick, adds the CFIA warning.

"Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and watery or bloody diarrhea. In severe cases, seizures or strokes can be reported." 

Ill-effects mostly end within five to 10 days, but there's no real treatment for E. coli infections, according to the release. However, comfort, hydration, and nutrition can help get you back on track.

This is far from the only time food recalls have concerned the Canadian public.

For example, widespread recalls of beef and veal in October ultimately led to three companies being shuttered by the federal government. 

Narcity has reached out to Fresh Express for comment.


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