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Chinese Honey Contaminated

Chinese honey coming into Canada and used in certain products has been found to contain an illegal pesticide.

Chinese Honey Contaminated

HEALTH HAZARD ALERT: CERTAIN FOOD PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN CHLORAMPHENICOL

OTTAWA, April 19, 2002 – The public warning issued on April 18, 2002 has been expanded to include additional product information. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning consumers not to consume certain food products (see attached table) which may contain Chloramphenicol. These products have been manufactured using honey imported from China found to contain Chloramphenicol.

The affected products are sold without labels or with labels under various brand names as listed in the attached table. Consumers who have purchased unlabeled products should verify with their retailer whether they are affected by this alert.

These products are being voluntarily recalled from the marketplace by the manufacturers.

Chloramphenicol is a drug which is not permitted for use in Canada (or the U.S.) in food producing animals, including bees. Consumption of chloramphenicol contaminated products may pose a human health risk related to the inherent toxicity of the drug. The CFIA is continuing to monitor all imports of Chinese honey.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

As the CFIA investigation continues, the attached list of products will be updated as necessary. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at one of the following numbers:

In the province of Quebec 1-800-561-3350; or
In other provinces and territories 1-800-442-2342.

For information on receiving recalls by electronic mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

CERTAIN FOOD PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN CHLORAMPHENICOL
APRIL 19, 2002

Brand / Product Size UPC Codes Distribution

  • “Au goût du jour”, English Muffins Honey Butter, 6 pack 340 g 059608 184278 Best Before dates up to and including 25 AL 02 Quebec
  • “Au goût du jour”, English Muffins 100% Whole Wheat, 6 pack * 340 g 059608 184292 Best Before dates up to and including 25 AL 02 Quebec
  • “L’Authentique”, English Muffins 100% Whole Wheat * 340 g 059608 911614 0802 to 1072 found on the right side of the bag closure Quebec
  • Merit Selection, English Muffins Honey Butter 340 g 059749 340656 0802 to 1072 found on the right side of the bag closure Quebec, Ontario
  • Merit Selection, English Muffins Whole Wheat * 340 g 059749 340731 0802 to 1072 found on the right side of the bag closure Quebec, Ontario
  • Super C, English Muffins 100% Whole Wheat 340 g 062609 103490 codes up to and including AL 27 Quebec
  • POM New York New York, 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins, Sliced 340 g 061077 778315 codes up to and including AL 27 Quebec
  • Betty, 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins * 340 g 059243 001824 AL01 to AL27 found on the right side of the bag closure Quebec, Ontario
  • Country Goodness, Multigrain, 6 Bagels * 510 g 059608 019907 0802 to 1072 found on the right side of the bag closure Ontario
  • Country Goodness, Whole Wheat ‘n Honey, 6 Bagels 510 g 059608 019808 0802 to 1072 found on the right side of the bag closure Ontario
  • Tim Hortons, Multigrain Bagels — – purchased between March 21 to April 18 Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Provinces
  • Tim Hortons, Muesli and Fruit Bagels — – purchased between March 25 to April 18 Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Provinces
  • Tim Hortons, Whole Wheat ‘n Honey Bagels — – purchased between March 21 to April 18 Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Provinces
  • 100% Whole Wheat & Honey Bagels (by Fiera Foods Company, North York, Ontario) — – purchased between April 14 and 18 Sold through bulk sales at retailers in Ontario
  • Carrot Nut Muffins (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • Raisin Bran Muffins (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • Honey Bran Muffins (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • LF Blueberry Muffins (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • LF Cranapple Muffins (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • LF Carrot Muffins (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • LF Triple Berry Muffins (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) –
    – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • LF Lemon Crunch Muffins (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • Apple Spice Muffins (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • Oatmeal Chunk Cookies (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • Plain Bagels (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • Seeded Bagels (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • Muesli Bagels (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • Apple Cinnamon Bagels (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario
  • Garden Cheddar Bagels (by Amore Sweets Corporation, Toronto, Ontario) — – purchased between March 14 and April 18 Sold in various food establishments such as cafeterias, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants in Ontario

* These products do not mention honey in the list of ingredients.

APRIL 18, 2002

Brand / Product Size UPC Codes Distribution

  • Hollandia Speculaas Cookies 325 g 060465 201060 C2219, C2226 C2231, C1238 Ontario and Nova Scotia
  • Hollandia Speculaas Cookies 2/$3.00 325 g 060465 201060 C2219, C2226 C2231, C1238 Ontario and Nova Scotia
  • Hollandia Speculaas Cookies 5 lbs N/A Best Before Aug 19, 2002 Aug 26, 2002 Ontario
  • Hollandia Speculaas Cookies 9 lbs N/A Best Before Aug 07, 2002 Aug 19. 2002 Ontario
  • Oakrun Honey Butter English Muffins, 6 pack 340 g 059608 001100 All Codes Ontario
  • Oakrun 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins, 6 pack 340 g 059608 001605 All Codes Ontario
  • Honey Butter English Muffins, 6 pack (plain bag by Oakrun Farm Bakery Ltd.) 340 g 059608 001117 All Codes Ontario
  • 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins, 6 pack (plain bag by Oakrun Farm Bakery Ltd.) 340 g 059608 001612 All Codes Ontario

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Kim Flottum
Editor, Bee Culture Magazine

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