Friday, October 10, 2008

Québec Recalls Spaghetti Sauce: Microbiological Hazard

Aux Purs Délices (287, rue de lÉglise, Verdun, QC) has agreed to recall two varieties of Sauce à la Viande Douce brand spaghetti meat sauce, which were displayed for sale at room temperature in sealed jars. The recall follows a determination by the Québec Ministry of Agriculture and the City of Montréal Food Inspection Division that the sauce was not processed or displayed in a manner to ensure product safety.

The recalled items, which were sold only at Aux Purs Délices in Verdun, were packed in 500mL and 1,000mL Mason-type jars. All lot numbers of the following two products are included in the recall:

  • Sauce spaghetti aux champignons
  • Sauce aux légumes

While no illnesses have been reported, the uncontrolled conditions under which these sauces were prepared and displayed would have allowed Clostridium botulinum to survive and multiply, representing a serious risk to human health. Anyone who has consumed one of these sauces and later begins to experience symptoms of botulism or of gastroenteritis should seek immediate medical attention.

Consumers who purchased one of the sauces should return it to Aux Purs Délices for a refund.

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