Iron Cross Blister Beetle Warning [Canada]

Canada CFIA RecallCanada/Ottawa: Iron Cross Blister Beetle Infestation Warning [Canada]The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) issues warnings concerning Iron Cross Blister Beetles in certain imported pre-packaged Leafy Vegetables, a serious health hazard. CFIA:

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) reports it is conducting an investigation into the presence of Iron Cross Blister beetles (Tegrodera spp.) in some Imported Leafy Vegetables following recent consumer complaints of these Beetles in pre-packaged Salads.

There have been no confirmed illnesses or injuries associated with the consumption of these products.

According to CFIA, fresh produce can harbour insects that may be injurious to consumers, but this is rare. The Iron Cross Blister Beetle is very distinctively coloured, with a bright red head and bright yellow markings on the wings, separated by a black “cross”. This particular Beetle should be treated with caution as it may release an irritating chemical called “Cantharidin”. This chemical may cause skin blistering at the point of contact.

Please consult the photograph above for a close-up of the Iron Cross Blister Beetle

Consumers are advised to wash and visually inspect their leafy vegetables thoroughly. The Beetle should be removed without touching or crushing it. If found, please advise your local CFIA office.

More information will be shared with the public as it becomes available and this investigation is ongoing.


Additional information about this recall:
CFIA reference number: none given
Recalls Direct RIN: 5363-2015
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