Rat infestation prompts company to recall various products

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A rat infestation prompted a major company to issue a recall on its various products, due to the risk of exposure to salmonella. BGR reports that Bistak Enterprises Inc. and Bistak Groceries Inc. have recalled all of their food products, after discovering the possible contamination. The recall stems from a rodent infestation and may include “dry foods such as cereals, beans, flour, canned groceries, fats and oils, beverages, meat products, fish products, bakery products, spices and powdered milk”.

In a public recall statement, Bistak said, “Bistak Enterprises Inc. and Bistak Groceries Inc. are recalling various products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination due to rodent infestation. The recalled products were sold in Alberta and Ontario, and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories. Consumers who are unsure whether they have purchased the affected products should contact their retailer. The Company then offered suggestions on what you have to do “if you think you have become ill after consuming a recalled product”.

First, Bistak recommends anyone who thinks they may be sick “call their doctor.” Next, “check to see if you have the recalled products in your home or establishment.” The company explicitly states that no one should “consume the recalled products.” The company added, “Do not serve, use, sell or distribute the recalled products.” Finally, Bistak said, “The recalled products should be discarded or returned to where purchased.”

“Foods contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled, but can still make you sick,” the company’s recall notice continued. “Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems can get serious and sometimes fatal infections. Healthy people can experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.”

In a separate advisory, Bistak also reported a recall of “certain repackaged tiger nuts from the market due to possible Salmonella contamination due to rodent infestation.” The notice stated that “the recalled product was sold in Manitoba”, Canada. The advisory went on to suggest the same options for redress as the original recall, including ensuring “to be discarded or returned to where purchased.” The notice also said: “Check to see if you have the recalled product at home.” Anyone who thinks they have been affected by contaminated food can “report a health or safety concern” here.

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