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Food Safety Focus (44th Issue, March 2010) – Food Incident Highlight

Salmonella in Granola Bars

On 19 February 2010 , the United States Food and Drug Administration posted a firm recall release on three Health Valley organic granola bars manufactured by Lovin Oven because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is a pathogen that may cause food poisoning. The symptoms, which include nausea, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and sometimes vomiting, are more severe in infants, the elderly and patients with weak immune system.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) issued a food alert warning consumers and the trade not to consume or sell the affected products after learning that some of these products were being sold in local supermarkets. Individuals should seek medical advice if they have consumed the products and developed symptoms. The CFS would follow up the incident with the US authorities and the disposal of the recalled products.

Health Valley brand "Organic Dutch Apple Chewy Granola Bars", one of the affected products.