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Updated Food Recall Warning - Various brands of all-purpose flour recalled due to E. coli O121

Recall date:
June 15, 2017
Reason for recall:
Microbiological - E. coli O121
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Country Bulk Inc., Country Pantry Bulk Foods
Distribution:
Ontario
Extent of the distribution:
Consumer
Reference number:
11488, 11489

Recall details

Ottawa, June 15, 2017 - The food recall warning issued on June 2, 2017 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Industry is recalling various brands of all-purpose flour from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products have been sold in Ontario from the locations identified below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Additional Info
Country Bulk Robin Hood All Purpose Flour Variable All units sold from January 19, 2017 up to and including April 21, 2017 Starts with 0 200473 This product was sold from Country Bulk Inc., 845 Weber St. N, Waterloo, Ontario
Country Pantry Bulk Foods Robinhood All Purpose Flour Variable All units sold from January 5, 2017 up to and including February 10, 2017 Starts with 2 000660 This product was sold from Country Pantry Bulk Foods, 3048 Lobsinger Line, Heidelberg, Ontario

What you should do

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.

It is not safe to taste or eat raw dough or batter regardless of the type of flour used, as raw flour can be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O121. 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.

Background

This recall was triggered by findings by the CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

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

Illnesses

There have been reported illnesses associated with flour; however, at this time, there have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the products identified in this Food Recall Warning.

Related recalls

2017-06-29 - Certain Pie Shells and Tart Shells recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-06-27 - Certain Pie Shells and Tart Shells recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-06-23 - Lost Acre Variety brand of All Purpose Flour recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-06-22 - Tart Shells recalled by Dresden Meat Packers due to E. coli O121

2017-06-21 - Certain Pie Shells and Tart Shells recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-06-19 - Robin Hood brand Super Keynote Strong Bakers Flour and Italian Style Flour recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-06-16 - Certain Cookie Dough, Pie Shells and Tart Shells recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-06-15 - Robin Hood brand Baker's Hood All Purpose Flour recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-06-02 - Various brands of pie and tart shells recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-05-26 - Various brands of flour and flour products recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-05-11 - Various pie and tart shells recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-05-10 - Tart Shells sold by The New Food Box recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-04-28 - Mom's Pantry / Jim & Leonie brand 3" Unsweetened Tart Shells and 9" Unbaked Pie Lids recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-04-25 - Various brands of pie and tart shells recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-04-16 - Various brands of flour and flour products recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-04-12 - Various brands of flour and flour products recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-04-04 - Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original recalled due to E. coli O121

2017-03-28 - Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original recalled due to E. coli O121

More information

Complete list of products recalled to the consumer level as part of this ongoing investigation

Public Health Notice – Outbreak of E. coli infections linked to various flours and flour products

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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