CANADA – In response to a recent recall initiated by the Quaker Oats Company in the US, Quaker Canada has voluntarily recalled a range of its granola bars and Harvest Crunch cereals due to potential exposure to Salmonella.
This precautionary measure, taken “out of an abundance of caution and commitment to the well-being of our Canadian consumers,” has been confirmed by the company.
The affected products include ten varieties of Harvest Crunch cereals, 13 Chewy granola bars, nine Dipps granola bars, five Quaker Yogurt granola bars, and one Captain Crunch cereal treat bar.
These items have been distributed across Canada, prompting Quaker to advise consumers to check their pantries for the specified products and dispose of them.
Working closely with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Quaker aims to swiftly remove the recalled items from the marketplace.
Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause foodborne illness, is not easily detectable through appearance, smell, or taste.
The company emphasizes the importance of consumer vigilance in discarding these products to prevent potential health risks.
The Canadian public is reminded that Salmonella infections can affect anyone, with infants, children, seniors, and individuals with weakened immune systems at a higher risk of severe illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that symptoms of Salmonella infection may include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food.
Quaker encourages individuals who have consumed any of the recalled granola products and are experiencing symptoms of Salmonella infection to seek medical attention.
Due to the nature of salmonellosis symptoms, which can mimic other illnesses, prompt communication with healthcare providers is crucial for accurate diagnosis.
Generally, otherwise healthy adults may experience illness for four to seven days, but severe cases may require hospitalization.
Vulnerable populations, including older adults, children, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems, face an elevated risk of developing severe illness and potentially life-threatening conditions.