Betty’s Bakery apologizes after recall affecting 0.5 percent of its brands

Sliced bread not part of recall caused by mice infestation at contractor facility

ST-JEROME, Que. — Betty Bakery apologized yesterday for a product recall prompted by a “mice infestation” at a contractor facility making less than 0.5 percent of Betty’s product line. Triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the company recalled 15 specialty items Feb. 8 from the Ontario and Quebec marketplace where it operates.

Betty brand sliced bread products — produced in a separate plant  — were not recalled.

Only the output of Les Services Alimentaires Firouz in Pointe Claire, Que. — a “prestigious” brand acquired by Betty in December — was affected.  Betty CEO Guillaume Talbot has announced the immediate termination of a manufacturing contract with that outfit.

See Talbot’s full statement:

FirstlyI would like to specify that sliced bread is not included in this recall. Only the specialty products made by Les Services Alimentaires Firouz, located in Baie-D’Urfé are affected, which represents less than 0.5% of the Betty brand produced productsI would also like to specify that our manufacturing contract with Les Services Alimentaires Firouz is hereby terminated without notice. All other generic products of the company manufactured in our main factory respect all Canadian safety standards in effect. I would also like to point out that we acquired this prestigious brand last December and that the integration process has not yet been completed. The low manufacturing volume of this subcontracted manufacturer is why we had not yet inspected this production plan. We offer our sincere apologies and we take this situation very seriously, we are taking all required measures to ensure that this unfortunate event remains an isolated case. Rest assured that we will offer our complete cooperation with the authorities and our total transparency with the public.

Only the specialty products made by Les Services Alimentaires Firouz, located in Baie-D’Urfé are affected, which represents less than 0.5% of the Betty brand produced productsI would also like to specify that our manufacturing contract with Les Services Alimentaires Firouzis hereby terminated without notice. All other generic products of the company manufactured in our main factory respect all Canadian safety standards in effect. I would also like to point out that we acquired this prestigious brand last December and that the integration process has not yet been completed. The low manufacturing volume of this subcontracted manufacturer is why we had not yet inspected this production plan. We offer our sincere apologies and we take this situation very seriously, we are taking all required measures to ensure that this unfortunate event remains an isolated case. Rest assured that we will offer our complete cooperation with the authorities and our total transparency with the public.

Also caught up in the recall were three pizza-crust products Betty makes for Mike Dean Super Food Store’s in-house brand, Nancy’s Fancy Yummy in the Tummy. The local firm is offering money back on those affected purchases.

The CFIA has issued a corrected list of recalled items:

 

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