An FDA Recall Notice issued Wednesday announced the recall of Golden Temple, Swad, and Maya flour products sold in the U.S. after determining they could be contaminated with E. coli 0121.
The flour was produced by Ardent Mills, the same company that manufactured the Robin Hood brand flour distributed and recalled in Canada in March.
While Smuckers says it is unaware of any E. coli infections linked to the recalled flour, the products were manufactured with the same Canadian wheat that Ardent Mills used in previously recalled items.
Those products have been linked to at least 30 food poisoning cases in Canada, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, which has launched an investigation into the outbreak.
At this stage it is still unclear as to how much flour has been recalled, as an Ardent Mills spokesperson says the company has been too busy handling the problem to estimate exactly how much flour has been recalled.
“Given our focus on cooperating with the CFIA in its investigation, we have not taken time to estimate the amount of product that has been subject to the voluntary recalls,” the spokesperson said.
Affected products were packaged in 20-pound paper bags and distributed to 19 distributors and 2 small retailers across the U.S. Smucker’s urges customers who have the products at home to dispose of them immediately.
People usually get sick from E. coli 0121 between 2 and 8 days after swallowing the bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most infected patients develop diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps.
Most people recover within a week; however, some illnesses last longer and can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Source: Miami Herald