October 3, 2008

Allergy Alert-Undeclared Fish in Western Family Light Creamy Caesar Dressing

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and E.D. Smith Foods, Ltd. are warning people with allergies to fish not to consume Western Family Light Creamy Caesar dressing described below. The affected product contains fish which is not declared on the label.

The affected product, Western Family Light Creamy Caesar dressing is sold in 475 mL containers bearing 0 62639 23175 0 and Best Before 09 JN 03.

This product has been distributed in Ontario and Western Canada.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to fish.

The manufacturer, E.D. Smith Foods, Ltd., Winona, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

E.D. Smith Foods, Ltd at 1-800-263- 9246

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on fish, one of the nine most common food allergens, visit the Food Allergens web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/allerg/allerge.shtml

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

 Contacts: E.D. Smith Foods, Ltd. Robert Merrick 416-413-4602 416-727-5525 (Mobile)  Canadian Food Inspection Agency Office of Food Safety and Recall Garfield Balsom 613-760-4232  Canadian Food Inspection Agency Office of Food Safety and Recall Linda LeBlanc 613-760-4112  

SOURCE: Canadian Food Inspection Agency