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HEINZ MIXED CEREAL FOR BABIES MAY CONTAIN OCHRATOXIN A

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OTTAWA, December 10, 2009 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Heinz Heinz Mixed CerealCanada are warning the public not to consume the Heinz Mixed Cereal for babies described below as it may contain elevated levels of Ochratoxin A (OTA).

The following product is affected by this alert:

Heinz Mixed Cereal, a Baby Cereal, Stage 2, From 6 Months
227 g
UPC 0 57000 02516 8
Codes:
BB/MA 10 DE 26 and
BB/MA 10 DE 29

The best before date codes are located on the top left hand corner of the package.

The affected product has been distributed nationally.

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

Ochratoxin A is a mycotoxin produced by some fungi that can grow in certain food crops such as grains, grapes and coffee beans. Ochratoxin A has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a possible human carcinogen.

If you have the products bearing the identified product code in your home, they should not be consumed in order to minimize your child's exposure.
However, if your children have already consumed this food, then there is no need for other actions since even the highest levels of ochratoxin A found in these products are not high enough to pose a health risk when consumed as part of a normal diet over the short term.

The manufacturer, Heinz Canada, North York, ON, 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:

Heinz Canada at 1-800-565-2100.

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 all food recalls, visit the CFIA’s Food Recall Report at:
http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit our web site at:  www.inspection.gc.ca

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