Possible E. coli contamination prompts recall of Rogers flour
Charlotte Helston - Reporter
10 kg bags of Rogers All Purpose Flour with the code MFD17JAN19C are being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.
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June 08, 2017 - 9:29 AM
Rogers Foods Ltd., which has mills in Armstrong and Chilliwack, is recalling its all purpose flour due to possible E. coli contamination.
The recall was triggered by findings from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency during its investigation into a food-borne illness outbreak, according to the recall warning.
“There have been reported illnesses that may be associated with the consumption of this product,” the agency says. “Further lab testing is underway to confirm the link.”
The affected product is 10 kg bags of Rogers All Purpose Flour, with the code MFD 17 JAN 19 C. It was sold from Costco warehouses across B.C.
Customers are advised not to consume the flour and to call a doctor if they think they are sick. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned.
Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick, the agency says. 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.
The inspection agency says 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.
The agency is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, it will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.
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