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CERTAIN PEPPERONI PRODUCTS FROM COWICHAN VALLEY MEAT MARKET MAY CONTAIN DANGEROUS BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Cowichan Valley Meat Market are warning the public not to consume the pepperoni products described below because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The following pepperoni products, bearing PKGD. ON (packaged on) dates up to and including JL 28 (July 28), are affected by this alert:

Pub Style Pepperoni
Mild Pepperoni
Hot Pepperoni
X-Hot Pepperoni
Teriyaki Beef Sticks

These products were sold at Cowichan Valley Meat Market, located at 5191 Koksilah Frontage Road, Duncan, BC.

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

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with the toxin may cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, dry throat, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

The manufacturer, Cowichan Valley Meat Market, Duncan, BC, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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