“It is with extreme caution and commitment to food safety that Ardent Mills is expanding this recall,” the company said. “There has been no positive finding of contamination and no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these newly recalled products.”
In its notice, Ardent said any raw grain milled into flour may contain bacteria and microbes from the outdoor environment in which it is grown.
“Consumer food safety is of paramount importance to Ardent Mills, and our mills adhere to stringent and mandated food safety protocols to ensure pathogenic bacteria are not introduced during the milling process at any of our operations,” said Kent Juliot, vice-president of research, quality and technical services for Ardent Mills, whose operations and services are supported by more than 40 flour mills and bakery mix facilities across North America.
The updated list of recalled items may be found here.
The flour recall initially was linked to Robin Hood all-purpose flour, original, produced by Smucker Foods of Canada Corp., a subsidiary of The J.M. Smucker Co., before being 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 have been 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 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.