E.coli outbreak prompts food recall

Robin Hood All Purpose flour cited in reported case of illness

  • Mar. 30, 2017 9:14 a.m.

The Public Health Agency of Canada announced this week an investigation into an outbreak of E. coli and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a related food recall warning for Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Orginal.

The recall notice went into effect Tuesday. Health Canada has reported one illness associated with the product, which has been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The investigation is ongoing and it is possible that additional products linked to the outbreak investigation may be identified.

Canadians are advised not to use or eat any Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original sold in 10-kilogram bags with a code containing BB/MA 2018 AL 17 and 6 291 548, as these products may be contaminated with E. coli. For additional recall details, please consult CFIA’s recall notice.

Restaurants and retailers are also advised not to sell or serve the recalled product, or any items that may have been prepared or produced using the recalled product. Health Canada announced it is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners to investigate the outbreak of Escherichia coli, called E. coli O121.

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with E. coli O121 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

— Submitted by Health Canada