Rupertite Chili lovers may want to check their cupboards after Salmonella concerns forced a recall of Compliments branded chili powder on Sept. 6.
The Northern View has confirmed that the flagged product has been distributed in Prince Rupert.
According to a notice posted on the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website, La Cie McCormick Canada — the company that produces the chili powder — issued the recal following CFIA test results, and includes all chili powder with a best before date of May 26, 2020 and a UPC code of “0 55742 35921 3.”
Consumers who purchased the chili powder have been instructed to either throw it out or return it to the store where they purchased it. They were also warned about the risks of potential salmonella poisoning.
“Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick,” read a section of the notice. “Young children pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections.”
Of the two major grocery stores in Prince Rupert, Safeway is the only one that sells the Compliments branded chili powder. Assistant store manager Ranjit Gill said while he has not seen any customers return the flagged packages, the store did execute the recall when it was issued.
“As long as customers bring it in, we’ll have no problem taking it,” he said.
La Cie McCormick Canada produces a variety of spices, dry sauces, seasonings, extracts and specialty food products. The CFIA release stated that the agency is currently conducting an investigation which, “may lead to the recall of other products.” and is verifying that industry is removing the recalled product from the marketplace.
So far, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the product.