Check your fridge! Several packaged salads and salad kits sold across Canada, including Quebec, have been recalled due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This recall comes on the heels of Canada recalling 23 other salad products in late December.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning you not to consume eight types of Dole salad products and five types of President's Choice salad products.
The affected products have best-before dates of January 8 and 9.
According to the CFIA, "food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness" and rarely, even death.
"Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk," it says.
So far, no one has reported getting sick from the latest batch of recalled products. The CFIA says that if you find these products in your home, you should throw them out or return them. If you become sick after consuming them, call a doctor.
Get your resume ready — Health Canada is currently recruiting for several positions in and around Montreal that don't require a university degree and offer competitive salaries.
Health Canada claims their "goal is for Canada to be among the countries with the healthiest people in the world." If your views align with that and you're looking for a job in Montreal, you may want to consider applying to this department of the Government of Canada.
Executive Assistant or Administrative Officer
Salary: $65,547 to $70,622
City: Montreal Island and Longueuil
Why You Should Apply: The role includes managing the agenda of an executive director, preparing briefing materials, providing administrative support for the Budget Management Cycle and supervising employees. Although only a high school diploma is required, candidates should have at least two years of experience in administrative services.
Clerical / Administrative Support and Program Officer
Salary: $50,821 to $70,622
City: Remote (anywhere in Canada)
Why You Should Apply: While there aren't here too many details on the duties for this position, you'll be able to work from home and all you need to send in is your resume and contact information for two references. The job posting also says a year of experience working in a clerical or office administration role is required.
Why You Should Apply: The duties of this position include providing administrative support to employees and managers, planning and coordinating meetings, reviewing documents, maintaining a database and managing financial activities. One year of full-time experience working in an office administration or clerical position is essential.
Note that "all employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act."
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For anyone who has recently been to the grocery store, you may want to double-check the items you bought.
Health Canada issued a recall on December 21 for 23 Fresh Express salad products due to "possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination."
Even if the salad doesn't look or smell bad, the government department warned that consuming it can still make you ill.
Health Canada clarified that "the recalled products have been sold in Manitoba and Ontario and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories." That means it's possible that we Quebecers didn't get the bad bunch — but it's not for sure.
So, if you want to be on the safe side, you should check your fridge for the following recalled Fresh Express products:
3 Color Deli Coleslaw - Garden (397 grams)
American Salad (312 grams)
Baby Spinach (142 grams)
Chopped Kit Asian (349 grams)
Chopped Kit Southwest (326 grams)
Chopped Kit Sunflower Crisp (315 grams)
Garden Shreds Iceberg (227 grams)
Green & Crisp Salad (312 grams)
Hearts of Romaine (255 grams)
Iceberg Garden Salad (340 grams)
Iceberg Garden Salad (680 grams)
Kit Bacon Caesar (283 grams)
Kit Caesar Salad (278 grams)
Kit Caesar Supreme (298 grams)
Organic Salad Kit Organic Classic Caesar (278 grams)
Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Asian Caesar (272 grams)
Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Avocado Caesar (275 grams)
Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Classic Caesar (266 grams)
Veggie Lover's Salad (312 grams)
If you have any of these products in your fridge, Health Canada advised that you throw them out or return them immediately.
Canadians are told to watch for potential symptoms if they consumed any of the recalled products.
"Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness." If you experience any of these symptoms, the government department said you should contact a doctor ASAP.
It's that time of year when everyone you know has some sort of cold (cue the "Or is it Omicron?" panic). But before you reach for your trusty over-the-counter cold and flu medication, you'll want to check the label due to a Health Canada recall affecting a whole bunch of products.
On Monday, the government agency issued a public advisory informing Canadians that "multiple generic store-brand cold and flu powdered medications for adults and children 12 years of age and older" have been recalled due to "potential health risks."
#RECALL: Multiple generic store-brand powdered medications for cold and flu, for adults and children 12 years of age and older, recalled due to potential health risks. Find out more:\nhttp://ow.ly/Urph50HfSb3\u00a0pic.twitter.com/bjlxqVoZs6
— Health Canada and PHAC (@Health Canada and PHAC)
"The products are being recalled because the company could not demonstrate that products remain safe and of good quality until the expiry date. In addition, multiple lots had active ingredients, such as acetaminophen, that were not in the amounts listed on the product label," the advisory notice explains.
Not only could these products be less effective because they contain less of an active ingredient, but people could also wind up taking more than the labelled quantity. According to Health Canada, too much acetaminophen could "pose serious health risks, such as liver damage" and signs of taking too much include nausea, vomiting, lethargy, sweating, loss of appetite and pain in the upper part of the abdomen or stomach.
The affected products are:
Extra Strength Total Symptom Relief Sugar-Free from Biomedic, Equate, Pharmasave, and Wellness by London Drugs
Hot Lemon Relief for Symptoms of Cold and Flu (Extra strength) from Atoma, Biomedic, Life Brand, Option+, Personelle, Pharmasave, Rexall, Teva, Wellness by London Drugs and Western Family
Hot Lemon Relief for Symptoms of Cold and Flu (Regular strength) from Atoma, Life Brand, Personelle, Pharmasave, Rexall, Teva and Western Family
Hot Lemon Relief for Symptoms of Cough, Cold and Flu (Extra Strength) from Life Brand
Night Time Total Extra Strength from Life Brand
Total Flu from Atoma, Biomedic, Option+, Personelle, Pharmasave and Rexall
You can check the specific drug identification numbers of the affected products on the recall webpage.
Health Canada says you should stop using the recalled products and talk to your doctor if you or your child has taken one of the recalled products.
You can also contact Contact CellChem Pharmaceuticals Inc. if you have any questions and report side effects or complaints to Health Canada.
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The sushi in question was prepared between November 17 and 20 as well as between November 24 and 25. It was sold at the Provigo located at 6600, rue Saint-Jacques O.
AVIS \u00c0 LA POPULATION | Contamination possible au virus de l'h\u00e9patite A pour les personnes ayant consomm\u00e9 des sushis pr\u00e9par\u00e9s au Provigo situ\u00e9 au 6600 rue Saint-Jacques Ouest, du 17 au 20 novembre et les 24-25 novembre 2021.\nPlus d'informations : http://bit.ly/3diD8rD\u00a0pic.twitter.com/oVgV9YKgvM
If you've been vaccinated against Hepatitis A or have had it in the past, the health agency says you're not at risk.
But if you've never been vaccinated and you've never had Hepatitis A, it does recommend that you get vaccinated as quickly as possible.
The vaccine will be free and all you need to do is call Info-Santé at 811 to book your appointment. Make sure to bring your health insurance card and vaccination record with you.
Santé Montreal also urges those who ate sushi to watch out for Hepatitis A symptoms from now until January 13, 2022. The main symptoms to look out for include lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, fatigue, abdominal pain and jaundice (yellow skin and yellow whites of the eyes). If this sounds like you in the near future, the public health agency says it's important to promptly see a doctor.
Hepatitis A is a disease that affects the liver; it can be transmitted through water, food, drinks or even through touching a contaminated object. The good news is that people generally recover within a two-month period without complications.