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More products recalled in BC as deadly salmonella outbreak continues

More fruit products have been recalled amid a deadly outbreak of salmonella.

Products containing cantaloupes sold under the Frankly Fresh Salads and Fresh St. Market brands in British Columbia have been found to be potentially contaminated with salmonella.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) warned people in possession of those products to either throw them out or return them to the store from which they bought them.

CFIA warned against consuming the products.

Separately, another recall for mixed melon chunks sold in 7-Elevens in Manitoba has also been added to the list.

Both recalls were announced on Nov. 30.

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One person has died and 17 have been hospitalized as a consequence of the salmonella outbreak.

The first recall associated with the outbreak was issued on Nov. 1.

The outbreak has been linked to imported cantaloupes sold under the label “Malichita.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) also said that “secondary recalls” have been issued for products made using Malichita cantaloupes as well as for items processed alongside the brand’s fruit.

In its most recent update, posted on Nov. 24, the agency confirmed 63 cases of salmonella.

Twelve of those are in British Columbia, while the rest are in Quebec (35), Ontario (12), Newfoundland and Labrador (two) and Prince Edward Island (two).

More potential cases are under investigation, PHAC said.

PHAC said the people affected became sick between mid-October and mid-November.

The American Centre for Disease Control is also investigating an outbreak of illnesses linked to cantaloupes.

"Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick," the CFIA said.

"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."

For more details on the recent recalls in BC, click here.



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