Two kinds of prepackaged flour with possible E. coli contamination
|Source of Information
The United States Food and Drug Administration
|Product Name and Description
(1) Product name: Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
|Reason For Issuing Alert
The CFS earlier had advised the public to stop consuming and the trade to stop selling two kinds of product produced by an American manufacturer, General Mills Inc., which had been imported into Hong Kong as the product might be contaminated with E. coli. The CFS, through its routine Food Incident Surveillance System, noted another announcement by the US Food and Drug Administration that the American manufacturer concerned is expanding its recall to include more batches of the affected product. The CFS then immediately liaised with the US authorities, and followed up with General Mills Hong Kong Limited, the sole agent of the concerned product in Hong Kong. According to the information provided by the sole agent, two more batches of the affected product have been imported into Hong Kong. The sole agent confirmed that the above-mentioned product had already been distributed to local vendors.
People will contract E. coli causing gastro-intestinal disease through consumption of contaminated water or undercooked and contaminated foods. Intestinal bleeding and serious complications such as hemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) may also develop in some people. Moreover, due to poor personal hygiene, person-to-person transmission of this pathogen is possible through oral-faecal route.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
The CFS is tracing the distribution of the affected product. The CFS has instructed the sole agent to stop selling the affected product and initiate a recall.
|Advice to the Trade
Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately.
|Advice to Consumers
Not to consume the affected product.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department