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Shoppers Drug Mart recalls certain powdered infant formula

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says there is a risk of salmonella in certain Abbott brand products
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Certain Abbott brand powdered infant products have been recalled

Shoppers Drug Mart has recalled certain powdered infant formula products due to a possible salmonella contamination.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the Abbott brand products have been removed from the shelves due to “possible cronobacter sakazakii and salmonella contamination.”

The products were previously recalled on Feb. 17 and some units were sold via on-line in error.

What you should do

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor;

Check to see if you have the recalled products in your home or establishment;

Do not consume the recalled products;

Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

What are the symptoms?

Food contaminated with cronobacter sakazakii may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Although cronobacter sakazakii is not commonly linked to human illness, in rare cases it can cause serious or fatal infections.

Cronobacter sakazakii can cause rare bloodstream and central nervous system infections and has been associated with severe intestinal infection (necrotizing enterocolitis) and blood poisoning (sepsis), especially in newborns.

Similarly, food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

What is being done

The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated food recall warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing the recalled products from the marketplace.