CFIA issues food recalls

Ritz Bits and chicken nuggets are subjects of two separate recalls announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency July 20.

The cheese and pizza flavours of Ritz Bits Sandwiches in various package sizes and distributed nationally by Mondelez Canada may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

The same type of bacteria may have contaminated No Name brand chicken nuggets distributed nationally by Loblaws.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the cheese snacks but one person has been reported ill in connection with the chicken, the CFIA said in news releases.

Most of the Ritz Bits affected by the recall have expiration dates in 2019, with the exception of the cheese flavoured 180 gram SnakPaks, which bear dates in November.

The CFIA said the snack food recall was triggered by recall in another country.

As for the chicken nuggets, the affected product is 907 grams, with a May 2019 best before date. The recall was triggered by CFIA findings during an investigation into a food-borne illness outbreak.

The products subject to recall should be thrown out or returned to place of purchase.

Symptoms of salmonella include fever, headache, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Young children and people with weak immune systems may experience more severe symptoms.

More details on both products can be found at on these websites:

• www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2018-07-20/eng/1532138848327/1532138852403.

• www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2018-07-20/eng/1532132946628/1532132952548.

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