Before you make your next sandwich, check the brand because some bread and baked goods in Canada have been recalled because of a mouse contamination. The recall comes after the plant where the bread was made was found to be infested with mice. This means that those products could have been exposed to harmful bacteria from the mice crawling on or around them.
The recall comes from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as a result of inspection activities at the plant. They have now recalled two different brands in relation to the mouse infestation. The first is the Betty brand of baked goods. The second is Nancy's Fancy Yummy-in-the Tummy brand baked goods.
Both of the brands were distributed in Ontario and Quebec and so far those are the only products affected by this recall. The recall also affects any products from these brands that were sold on or before February 8th.
Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported because of this. CFIA is calling for all of these potentially contaminated products to be removed from stores and is working to verify that this has been done. They are also warning Canadians to not eat any of the recalled products but to throw them out immediately or return them to the store where they were purchased.
The CFIA investigation is still ongoing, so it's possible they will find more contaminated products, but so far they have identified almost 20 products from the two brands that may have been affected by mouse contamination.
The recalled products from Nancy's Fancy Yummy-in-the-Tummy brand are:
- 7" Pizza Crust
- 5" Pizza Crust
- Medium Pizza Crust
Meanwhile, the recalled Betty products include:
- W.W. Sandwich
- Onion Buns
- Kaiser 5" Cornmeal
- Dark Rye
- Raisin Buns
- Cinnamon Buns
- Pizza Crust 15"x 21"
- Crusty Rolls
- Pumpernickel Sandwich
- Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns
- Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
It's not clear yet what kind of bacteria these mice could have been carrying, but the warning from CFIA identifies the main health risk as food poisoning. These could include but aren't limited to norovirus, salmonella, listeria, and even hepatitis. If you think you have contracted one of these illnesses, Health Canada advises you contact a doctor immediately.
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