The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling Robin Hood brand all purpose flour because it may be contaminated with E. coli.
The target flour was sold in 10 kg bags in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
The Agency notes that this recall follows an investigation of an outbreak of foodborne illness. One case of illness was associated with the use of this flour, but the CFIA says the investigation is continuing, which may lead to recalls of other products.
The CFIA submits that food contaminated with E. coli O121 does not necessarily show visible changes or suspicious odors, but may still cause illness. Possible symptoms include nausea, vomiting, more or less acute abdominal cramps, and watery or bloody diarrhea. The disease can lead to death.
The agency encourages the public to check whether it has the intended product at home and, if so, to throw it in the trash or to bring it back to the store where it was purchased.
Products covered by the recall
|Trademarks||Usual name||Format||Product code (s)||CUP|
|Robin Hood||All purpose flour, original||10 kg||Lot codes containing
BB / MA 2018 AL 17 and
6 291 548
|0 59000 01652 8|
What has to be done
If you think you have been sick after consuming a product that is subject to a recall, contact your doctor.
Check if you have the product subject to the recall at home. If so, throw it away or take it back to the store where it was purchased.
Food contaminated with E. coli O121 does not necessarily show any visible alteration or suspicious odor, but can still make you sick. Possible symptoms are nausea, vomiting, more or less acute abdominal cramps, and watery or bloody diarrhea. In severe cases, some people may suffer from convulsions or stroke while others may need blood transfusions and dialysis. In some cases, damage to the kidneys is permanent. The disease can even cause death.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.