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Fresh bulk peppers may have salmonella

12/22/2011 10:01 EST | Updated 02/21/2012 05:12 EST

Fresh jalapenos and serrano peppers sold in bulk in a number of grocery stores across Canada may be contaminated with the salmonella bacteria, says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Consumers shouldn't eat the peppers and should discard them.

Salmonella bacteria can lead to salmonellosis, an illness that causes high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. It can lead to complications in children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

Both the jalapeno and serrano peppers were imported from the U.S. They include product unlabelled from bulk at Safeway stores, and independent grocers in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon.

The jalapenos were sold unlabelled from bulk or in 4.5 kg Cal Fresco labelled cases at Loblaw's stores, which include Extra Foods, No Frills, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Shop Easy, Real Canadian Superstore, SuperValu, Shop Easy, Lucky Dollar and Your Independent Grocer in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan.

While the jalapeno peppers were sold between Dec. 3 and 20, the serrano peppers were sold between Dec. 5 and 20, inclusive.

The CFIA is urging consumers who have recently bought peppers to check with the store where they purchased them to determine whether they are part of the affected batch.

There have been no reports of illness.

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