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E. coli O121

Flour recall for E. coli O121 contamination expanded over weekend

An expansion of the June 2nd recall of various brands of all purpose flour was announced over the weekend by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) after a food safety investigation. Addition  brands of all-purpose flour are being removed from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products… Continue Reading

Rogers flour sold by Costco in Canada linked to new outbreak

Another E. coli O121 outbreak traced to flour, this time Rogers brand, has sickened at least six people in British Columbia where public health officials are urging consumers to check their homes for the implicated flour. As of Friday evening neither the company, Rogers Foods Ltd. of Armstrong, British Columbia, nor the Canadian Food Inspection… Continue Reading

Robin Hood Flour named in public health warning

25 cases of E. coli O121 with a matching genetic fingerprints

Robin Hood All Purpose Flour is the subject of a food recall warning issued by Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Canadians are advised to not eat or use the recalled flour product. Additional advice on safe food practices for preparing raw dough and batter is also included. Why… Continue Reading

Rare strain of E. coli strikes across Canada: source unknown

A dozen cases of E. coli O121 have been confirmed in three Canadian provinces, according to matching genetic fingerprint data, but the source of the outbreak has not yet been identified. The Public Health Agency of Canada reports four of the rare O121 cases were confirmed in British Columbia, four in Saskatchewan and four in… Continue Reading

CDC closes flour/E. coli investigation; expects more illnesses

Federal health officials have concluded their investigation involving General Mills flour implicated in an E. coli outbreak that sickened at least 63 between December 2015 and now, but they say more people are expected to become ill. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention again urged consumers nationwide… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Breading mix recalled because of flour tied to E. coli outbreak

UPDATED CONTENT 8:30 p.m. EDT — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has posted a recall notice for Golden Dipt brand jalapeño breader mix distributed in Alberta and possibly nationwide. The product distributed in Canada has similar labels with red printing as that distributed in the U.S. The recalled product in Canada can be identified by the UPC number 7… Continue Reading

UPDATED: General Mills pulls Betty Crocker mixes because of E. coli

UPDATED CONTENT July 13: General Mills Inc. updated its recall notice, removing the regular version of its “Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix” distributed in the United States. Only the “Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix” and the “Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix” are being recalled… Continue Reading

Flour-related outbreak spurs recall of 22 tons of hors d’oeuvres

More than 22 tons of raw hors d’oeuvres such as chicken quesadillas, mini tarts and steak spring rolls are being recalled nationwide because they were made with flour linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Kabob’s Acquisition Inc. recalled the 28 different frozen, not ready-to-eat meat and poultry products Friday evening, according to a notice… Continue Reading

General Mills expands flour recall after more illnesses are reported

CDC update: 42 E. coli O121 cases in 21 states

General Mills announced Friday that it was expanding its recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour to include flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers’ pantries. The company, based in Minneapolis, stated that the recall is being expanded due to a newly reported illness which “appears… Continue Reading

FDA warns consumers against eating any raw dough or batter

At the 2010 International Association for Food Protection meeting in Anaheim, CA, speakers from such food giants as Nestlé and ConAgra went public with their concerns about the widespread practice of people eating not just raw cookie dough but even raw frozen pizza. That discussion, which was prompted by a severe 2009 E. coli outbreak, included… Continue Reading