KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) — Fans of Fresh is Best Salsa, might have to throw their latest purchases out.
Seven products are part of a recall linked to bad onions from the U.S., which may contain salmonella. The mild fresh, medium fresh, hot fresh, extra hot fresh, salsa Fresca, savoury southwestern black bean and corn, and tropical fruit salsa have all been traced to the recalled onion.
At this point, no illnesses have been linked to the Kamloops-based company that stocks several stores in B.C. and Alberta.
“We source all of our produce through BC suppliers,” says Lisa Graham-McGaffin, co-owner of the company, in a release. “In this particular situation, we needed more onions than our supplier had in stock forcing us to use an alternate distributor. This is a standard process used to secure the high quality, properly graded produce that we need to make our fresh salsa. Our salsas each contain 12 fresh chopped herbs and vegetables, which makes it interesting at times to source with the short supply, limited growing season as well as the inability to grow certain crops at all here in Canada. In this case, the onions that we received happened to be the ones that were recalled.”
No illnesses have been linked to @FreshIsBestCo, but items on @InspectionCan recall list should be discarded due to potential #Salmonella contamination.
Co-Owner Lisa Graham-McGaffin says they don’t normally buy #US produce, but certain crops currently not available in #Canada.
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) August 20, 2020
The owners say anything with a best before of Oct. 6 or later is safe.
Refunds and coupons are also available for customers needing to replace salsa bought prior to a warning issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency earlier this month.