Canadians are advised not to use or eat certain bags of Brodie self-raising cake and pastry flour, Creative Baker all-purpose flour, Creative Baker whole wheat flour, Golden Temple Sooji creamy wheat and Robin Hood all-purpose flour.
E. coli 0121, initially linked to Robin Hood all-purpose flour, original, produced by Smucker Foods of Canada Corp., a subsidiary of The J.M. Smucker Co., has been expanded to include products produced by Ardent Mills’ facility in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on April 12 issued an updated food recall warning advising Canadians of the recalled products, which have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Canadians are advised not to use or eat certain bags of Brodie self-raising cake and pastry flour, Creative Baker all-purpose flour, Creative Baker whole wheat flour, Golden Temple Sooji creamy wheat, and Robin Hood all-purpose flour. The full list of recalled products may be found here.
“Ardent Mills is aware of the updated food recall warning in Canada dated April 12, 2017, relating to various brands of flour and flour products recalled due to potential contamination of E. coli 0121,” Ardent Mills noted in an April 12 statement. “Ardent Mills is not aware of any reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the products on the updated food recall warning.
The investigation is ongoing, and it is possible that additional products linked to the outbreak may be identified, the Public Health Agency of Canada said. Restaurants and retailers are advised not to sell or serve the recalled product, or any items that may have been prepared or produced using the recalled product. The outbreak is a reminder that it is not safe to taste or eat raw dough or batter, the agency said.
By April 5, 26 cases of E. coli 0121 with a matching genetic fingerprint were reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada in the four Canadian provinces of British Columbia (12), Saskatchewan (4), Alberta (4), and Newfoundland and Labrador (5). One of the 26 cases was a visitor to Canada. Six people were hospitalized. The illness onset dates range from November 2016 to late February 2017.