Dole recalls blueberries in Canada because of positive test for parasite

A grocery chain in Canada is recalling Dole brand fresh blueberries because test results have shown contamination with the Cyclospora parasite.

The move by Save-On-Foods LP comes after Dole recalled blueberries nationwide in the United States. Neither the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) nor the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have received any confirmed reports of infections as of June 25.

In Canada, Dole distributed the implicated blueberries in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and possibly nationally, according to the recall notice posted by the CFIA.

“Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below,” according to the recall notice. Check to see if you have the recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

“This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.”

Food contaminated with the microscopic Cyclospora parasite may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. People infected with Cyclospora can experience a wide range of symptoms, including watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, and nausea. Some people do not get sick at all, while others suffer from a severe upset stomach. Few people get seriously ill.

Consumers can use the following information to determine whether they have the recalled products in their homes.

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Dole Fresh Packed

Blueberries
170 g 0 71430 01150 8 14632

15032

15046

15646

15648
Dole Fresh Packed

Blueberries
510 g 0 71430 01154 6 14632

14732

15032

15046

15232

15446

15432

15646

15648
Dole Fresh Packed

Blueberries
1 pint 0 71430 01151 5 15032

15046

15132

15148

15146

15232

15332

15646

15648

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