October 23, 2018

FDA Warns Against Eating Raw Dough Because of the Risk of E. coli HUS

The FDA is issuing a warning to consumers not to eat raw dough because of health risks of contracting an E. coli HUS infection. Eating any raw dough or batter can make you sick because of raw eggs and raw flour. Eggs can contain Salmonella bacteria, and, surprisingly, raw flour can contain pathogenic E. coli bacteria. In fact, there was a large E. coli O121 and O26 outbreak linked to General Mills flour just last year in the U.S. At least 63 people in 24 states were sickened; seventeen people were hospitalized because their illnesses were so severe, and one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. And don't make homemade play dough made with raw dough. Kids often put their fingers in their mouths, and touching this dough may expose them to … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Outbreak Linked to General Mills Flour Highlights Risk of Raw Flour

Consumption of raw flour can lead to E. coli HUS infections, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, titled "Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) Infections Associated with Flour," looks at the 2016 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour. That outbreak was caused by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O21 and O26 bacteria. The CDC investigation ended on September 29, 2016 and stated that "Although the outbreak investigation is over, illnesses are expected to continue for some time. The recalled flour and flour products have long shelf lives and may still be in people's homes. Consumers who don't know about the recalls could continue to eat the products and get sick." At least 63 people in 24 states were infected with the outbreak … [Read more...]

MMWR Covers Canadian Flour E. coli O121 Outbreak

The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) for the week of July 78, 2017 has a report about the outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 infections in Canada that were associated with flour. That outbreak sickened at least 30 people. Patients affected in this outbreak lived in three provinces when the illnesses were first discovered. PulseNet Canada identified a cluster of six E. coli non-O157 isolates with a matching PFGE pattern on December 29, 2016. An investigation was launched in January 2017. Patient illness onset dates ranged from November 2016 to April 2017. As of May 23, 2017, a total of 29 cases were identified in Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. Eight patients were hospitalized, and one developed … [Read more...]

Smucker Foods of Canada Recalls Flour for E. coli O121

Smucker Foods of Canada is voluntarily recalling some production codes of Golden Temple, Swad, and Maya flour products sold in the U.S. for possible E. coli O121 contamination. These products were made by Ardent Mills in Saskatchewan, Canada. The products are all packaged in 20 pound paper bags and were distributed nationwide to 19 distributors and two small retailers. There are no reported illnesses associated with the U.S. product recall. There is an E. coli O121 outbreak in Canada that is associated with some flours produced by Ardent Mills. The recalled products include Maya Durum Wheat Atta Flour with UPC number 0 20843 10001 9 and lot codes 6 286 548 and 6 287 548; Swad Durum Atta Flour Chappati Flour with UPC number 0 51179 16030 9 and lot codes 6 294 … [Read more...]

More Info on Ardent Mills Flour Recall for E. coli in Canada

The food recall warning issued on May 11, 2017 in Canada for E. coli O121 in Ardent Mills flour has been updated. While there is an E. coli outbreak in Canada associated with flour, there are no confirmed illnesses associated with the products named in this recall. You can see the long list of products, the brand name, package size, codes on the product, UPC numbers, and photos at the CFIA web site. Brand names included in this recall are Creative Baker, Brodie, Golden Temple, Robin Hood, and Purity. If you purchased any of these products, do not use them even if they are going to be baked. Throw away the flour or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Flour Recall for E. coli O121 Updated Again in Canada

The food recall warning issued on April 12, 2017 in Canada for flour that may be contaminated with E. coli O121 has been updated again. There is an outbreak associated with flour in that country, but the notice states that "there have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the products identified in this Food Recall Warning." You can see the long list of recalled products, along with the brand name, common name, codes on the product, UPC number, photos, and additional information at the CFIA web site. The recalled brands this time include Creative Baker and Robin Hood. The common names of the products recalled include Best for Blending Flour, All Purpose Flour, All Purpose Flour, Unbleached, All Purpose Flour, Original, and Bread and Roll Mix Homestyle. If you purchased any of … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Linked to Robin Hood Flour Sickens 25 in Canada

An E. coli O121 outbreak linked to Robin Hood flour in Canada has sickened at least 25 people, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. All patients identified in this outbreak have samples with E. coli bacteria that match genetically. This outbreak is reminiscent of the 2016 E. coli outbreak in the United States linked to General Mills flour. And it's another reminder that flour is a raw agricultural product, can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, and should never be eaten raw. The flour has been recalled. The product is Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original in 10 kilogram bags with a code of BB/MA 2018 AL 17 and 6 291 548. It was distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Secondary recalls of products made with this flour may be announced … [Read more...]

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