The Quebec manufacturer is voluntarily recalling two types of pesto sold in Ontario and Quebec following the warning given by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to Canadian consumers not to eat two kinds of pesto - not to eat the Arugula and Blue Cheese pesto and Pesto Rosso Sundried Tomatoes pesto - sold in Ontario and Quebec.
Produced by a company called Pétales et Cie, the affected products were sold in 200 ml glass jars in Quebec and Ontario. The Recall has affected all lot codes and expiry dates of the products.
One of the two types, Blue Cheese pesto may be contaminated with clostridium botulinum, which may cause botulism resulting in respiratory failure, paralysis or death.
The Sundried Tomatoes pesto contains sulphites which are not declared on the label. People with sensitivities to sulphites — compounds used as preservatives — may have serious or life-threatening reactions.
No illnesses have been reported from eating either pesto. However, consumers can call Pétales et Cie at 450-349-3282 or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at 1-800-442-2342/TTY 1-800-465-7735.