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Health Canada food and product recalls: salad kits, frozen chicken, Quaker products and more items to toss out to stay safe

This is a running list, from household items to your favourite foods.

Here's a running list of latest recalls Canadian parents need to know about in 2024. (Getty)
Here's a running list of latest recalls Canadian parents need to know about in 2024. (Getty)

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From frozen chicken to Quaker granola, parents in Canada should be keeping up-to-date on latest food recalls and notices from Health Canada. We've got you covered. Here are all the recalls you need to know about since the start of 2024.


salad kit recall Photo credit: Health Canada
Photo credit: Health Canada

Recalled items: Mexican-Style Street Corn salad kits

Date of recall: Feb. 7, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Mexican-Style Street Corn salad kits

  • Issue: Microbial contamination — listeria

  • What to do: Do not consume, serve, sell or distribute

Should I worry?

This recall was triggered after a recall in the U.S. The salad kits were made with cheese from company Rizo-López Foods, Inc., which was recalled due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.

"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" Health Canada warned.

"Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk... In severe cases of illness, people may die."


sevel ayer dip recall Photo credit: Health Canada
Photo credit: Health Canada

Recalled items: Six-layer dip

Date of recall: Feb. 8, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Rojo's Black Bean 6-Layer Dip

  • Issue: Microbial contamination — listeria

  • What to do: Do not consume, sell or distribute

Should I worry?

Health Canada has recalled the Rojo's dip as it was made with cheese from company Rizo-López Foods, Inc., which was recalled in the U.S. due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.

"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" Health Canada warned, adding pregnant and immunocompromised people are particularly at risk.


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Recalled items: Fully cooked crispy chicken breasts

Date of recall: 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Pinty's brand Fully Cooked Crispy Chicken Breasts

  • Issue: Extraneous material (metal)

  • What to do: Do not consume, sell or distribute

Should I worry?

Pinty's brand of Fully Cooked Crispy Chicken Breasts recalled by Health Canada due to pieces of metal being found in the product. The best before date on the product is Oct. 2, 2024.

The agency warned to "not use, sell, serve or distribute the affected product," but did not provide further details on health risks.


Photo credit: Health Canada
Photo credit: Health Canada

Recalled items: Low profile beds

Date of recall: Jan. 18, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Home Design, Inc.-brand low profile beds

  • Issue: Injury hazard

  • What to do: Stop using and contact Home Design, Inc. for free replacement parts

Should I worry?

Health Canada is recalling several low profile beds from the Home Design, Inc. brand, sold on Wayfair in Canada and the U.S. According to the notice, "the company has received reports of beds breaking, sagging, or collapsing during use, posing an injury hazard to the user."

There have been 22 reports of beds falling in Canada and four related injuries. The company reported there have been 55,847 units of the affected products sold in the country between July 2018 and November 2023.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled beds and contact the Home Design, Inc. for free replacement slats and side rails for consumer installation," the notice read.


Photo credit: Health Canada
Photo credit: Health Canada

Recalled items: Eagle brand corn

Date of recall: Jan. 15, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Frozen corn

  • Issue: Microbial contamination — salmonella

  • What to do: Do not consume, sell or distribute

Should I worry?

Eagle brand frozen corn distributed in Ontario, and possibly other provinces, is being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination. "This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency test result," Health Canada said.

The agency is warning Canadians to toss out the recalled product or return it to their place of purchase, and not consume, sell or distribute it. "Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick."


Photo credit: Well.ca
Photo credit: Well.ca

Recalled items: Kids' acetaminophen solution

Date of recall: Jan. 15, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Pediatrix brand acetaminophen solution (160mg/5mL)

  • Issue: Product quality

  • What to do: Stop using and return to Walmart for refund

Should I worry?

According to Health Canada's recall, testing of a particular lot of the Pediatrix medication (lot MC0079) was found to be "out of specification," meaning it did not meet established criteria.

The medication was distributed in Ontario, and the agency advises to "consult your health care professional if you have any health concerns."


Photo credit: Health Canada
Photo credit: Health Canada

Recalled items: George brand sleepers

Date of recall: Jan. 12, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Children's onesies or sleepers

  • Issue: Choking and ingestion hazards

  • What to do: Stop using and return to Walmart for refund

Should I worry?

Girls' and boys' sleepers from Walmart's brand George are being recalled for safety issues. "The foot grips... may fall off or be removed through repeated washing, posing choking and ingestion hazards," the recall read.

Four product lines are being impacted, including style numbers: GRF20400TGEC, GRF20400IG, GRF20400TB and GRF20400IB.

Walmart has reported that 371,469 units of the recalled kids' sleepers were sold in Canada from December 2021 to January 2024. Parents should check the collars of these sleepers for the number, and see if their item has been recalled. If so, they can return the item to Walmart for a full refund.


Photo credit: loblaws.ca
Photo credit: loblaws.ca

Recalled items: Parfait, yogurt and granola bowls

Date of recall: Jan. 12, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Various parfait and yogurt bowls

  • Issue: Microbial contamination — salmonella

  • What to do: Do not consume, sell or distribute

Should I worry?

Health Canada is recalling 34 parfait and yogurt products from Loblaws and Sobeys, with best before dates going to Jan. 15, 2024. These products were made with Quaker granola that was previously recalled due to potential contamination with salmonella.

There products were sold under Loblaws banners at:

  • Atlantic: Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, Atlantic Your Independent Grocer, Wholesale Club

  • Quebec: Provigo, Maxi, Wholesale Club

  • Ontario: Superstore, Fortinos, Loblaw, Valu-Mart, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs

  • Western Canada: Superstore, Your Independent Grocer, Extra Foods, Wholesale Club

There products were sold under Sobeys banners at:

  • Atlantic: Coop, Foodland, Sobeys

  • Quebec: IGA, IGA Extra, IGA Express, IGA Mini, Tradition, Bonichoix, Bonisoir, Omni, Voisin, Rachelle-Béry

  • Ontario: Foodland, Sobeys

  • Western Canada: IGA, Safeway, Sobeys, Thrifty Foods

The recall was triggered by a recall in another country and no incidents have been reported in Canada to date. "Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick," the agency warned.


(Photos: tastyrewards.com)
(Photos: tastyrewards.com)

Recalled items: Quaker granola bars

Date of recall: Jan. 11, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Granola bars and cereals

  • Issue: Microbial contamination — salmonella

  • What to do: Do not consume, sell or distribute

Should I worry?

According to the Health Canada recall, Canadians who have purchased any of the 36 types of Quaker-brand granola bars listed, or the Cap'n Crunch Treat Bars (Berry) should toss out the product or return it to the retailer. Expiration dates for these products extend into the fall of 2024.

"The affected products are being recalled from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination," the recall said.

While there have been no illnesses reported in relation to these product, the recall was triggered by a recall in another country. "Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick," the agency warned, adding it can even lead to deadly infections.


(Photo: Health Canada)
(Photo: Health Canada)

Recalled item: IKEA USB charger dark grey

Date of recall: Jan. 10, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: ÅSKSTORM 40W USB charger dark grey (model number ICPSW5-40-1)

  • Issue: Burn hazard, electrical hazard

  • What to do: Immediately stop using and return to IKEA for a refund

Should I worry?

The recall warns "wear and tear of the power cable may pose thermal burn and shock hazards to consumers."

Though there haven't been any incidents reported in Canada, the company received 17 reports worldwide of damage to the power cable, including reports of "thermal burns and electric shock by consumers."

Health Canada advises consumers to "stop using the recalled product and return it to IKEA for a refund. Proof of purchase is not required."


(Photo: Health Canada)
(Photo: Health Canada)

Recalled items: Vegan gluten-free margherita pizza

Date of recall: Jan. 9, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Farm Boy brand Vegan Gluten Free Margherita Pizza

  • Issue: Undeclared milk

  • What to do: Do not consume if allergic or sensitive to milk

Should I worry?

The pizzas are being recalled because they contain milk, which is not declared on the label. The recall was triggered by a consumer complaint, Health Canada said.

"Do not consume recalled products to which you are allergic or sensitive as they may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction," the agency warned, adding the product should be either thrown out or returned to place of purchase.


(Photo: Health Canada)
(Photo: Health Canada)

Recalled items: Energy drinks

Date of recall: Jan. 9, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Various caffeinated energy drinks and mixes

  • Issue: Non-compliances of caffeine content and labelling requirements

  • What to do: Do not consume, sell or distribute

Should I worry?

According to Health Canada, 47 brands of energy drinks — including Monster, Redbull and Prime — are being recalled due to "various non-compliances related to caffeine content and labelling requirements."

It said energy drinks must not contain more than 180 milligrams of caffeine in a single-serving in Canada, and the caffeine content must be labelled in English and French.

The agency warned, "high levels of caffeine may have adverse health effects for children, pregnant individuals, breastfeeding individuals, and those sensitive to caffeine. Exercising while consuming caffeine may lead to adverse health effects."


Photo credit: ctchealth.ca
Photo credit: ctchealth.ca

Recalled items: Life brand nasal decongestant spray

Date of recall: Jan. 3-4, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Life Brand Long Lasting Decongestant Nasal Spray 15 mL & Life Brand Decongestant Nasal Spray 20mL

  • Issue: Labelling — may have incorrect Drug Facts Table on the back of the bottle.

  • What to do: Consult healthcare provider

Should I worry?

Health Canada has not advised those who have these products to toss it out or immediately stop using it. The recall advised to "consult your healthcare provider prior to discontinuing use of the affected product or for any health concerns."

Those who purchased the items can contact the recalling company for any questions about the recall.


Photo credit: Government of Canada
Photo credit: Government of Canada

Recalled item: Olmitos Basic Zoo Walker

Date of recall: Jan. 3, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Olmitos Basic Zoo Walker

  • Issue: Injury hazard — product is banned in Canada.

  • What to do: Stop using, destroy, return for refund

Should I worry?

These baby walkers are "are banned in Canada and may pose an injury hazard," the recall read. The issue is that children in these baby walkers are exposed to hazards and may also fall down the stairs, "which could result in injury or death."

Health Canada has recalled 74 units of the Olmitos brand baby walker that have been sold in Canada since December 2021. There have been no injuries reported in Canada, but the agency is warning parents to get rid of the item.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and either destroy the product or return the product to TradeInn.com for a refund," it advised. Canadians who want to return the products can contact: support@tradeinn.com.


Photo credit: Government of Canada
Photo credit: Government of Canada

Recalled item: Zebra blinds and roller shades

Date of recall: Jan. 2, 2024

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Zebra blinds and Roller shades with chain and chain guard

  • Issue: Strangulation hazard

  • What to do: Stop using and contact company

Should I worry?

Health Canada warns this product poses a strangulation hazard, as the blinds do not meet the Corded Window Coverings Regulations.

"Young children may pull looped cords around their neck, or become entangled in the cords, causing a strangulation hazard and even death," the recall said. More information on the hazard is available on Blind Cord Safety.

Though there have been no reports of incidents in Canada, 286 units have been sold in the country from June to December last year. The agency advises those who have the item to immediately stop using it, and "contact the company Juste des Stores/True Blinds for a cordless replacement system and additional instructions." The company can be contacted by phone at 1(844)741-9835 or by email at info@justedesstores.ca and info@trueblinds.com.


Photo credit: Government of Canada
Photo credit: Government of Canada

Recalled item: Enfamil brand infant formula

Date of recall: Dec. 31, 2023

What do I need to know?

  • Product: Nutramigen A+ LGG Hypoallergenic (infant formula)

  • Issue: Microbial contamination

  • What to do: Do not use, sell or distribute

Should I worry?

Health Canada is warning parents about the potential contamination of this product with Cronobacter sakazakii — a pathogenic bacteria that can cause illness, especially in infants.

Parents and caretakers should check if they have the recalled product, and then dispose of it or return to the seller.

The recall was triggered by the company and there have been no known illnesses from this product to date. "If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, contact your healthcare provider," the recall advised.


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