The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the Food Inspection Division of the City of Montreal and the company Aux Vivres, is recalling certain veggie burgers and tempeh because of possible Bacillus cereus contamination. They are warning the public not to consume the products.

The recalled products:

Product name Format CUP Targeted lot
 “Maple-smoked tempeh” 200 g  27932500455 Units sold bearing the use-by date (“best before”) of September 8, 2020
 “Smoked onion tempeh”  200 g  627932500752 Units sold bearing the expiration date (“best before”) of September 22, 2020
 “Veggie burger”  380 g  627932500158 Units sold bearing the expiration date (“best before”) of August 13, 2020

The products were available for sale at locations across Quebec province. Tempehs were vacuum-packed in clear plastic wrap and sold refrigerated. The “Veggie burger” was packaged in a clear plastic container with a white plastic lid and was sold refrigerated. The label includes, in addition to the proper name of the products, the words “AUX VIVRES”.

The company is voluntarily recalling the products in question. They agreed with the MAPAQ and the Food Inspection Division of the City of Montreal to disseminate this notice as a precautionary measure. So far, there have been no illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Consumers who have any of these products in their possession are advised not to consume it. They should either return it to the establishment where they bought it or throw it away. Even if the products do not show any signs of spoilage or odor, consuming them may represent a health risk.

The full recall can be viewed here.

Bacillus cereus

The symptoms of Bacillus cereus food poisoning can include vomiting or diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and pain and may occur between 30 minutes and 15 hours after consuming the contaminated product. Infants, children, and pregnant women are susceptible to dehydration resulting from diarrhea.

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