A kind of prepackaged flour with possible E. coli contamination
|Source of Information||
The United States Food and Drug Administration
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: Gold Medal Unbleached Flour
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) earlier advised the public to stop consuming and the trade to stop selling four batches of prepackaged flour produced by an American manufacturer, General Mills Inc, as the product, which was imported by the Hong Kong sole agent, might be contaminated with E. coli. The CFS found in further investigation that another local importer, City Super Limited, had also imported a batch of the affected product.
According to the information provided by the importer, the import quantity of the affected product was 136 packs, which were distributed only to its supermarket chain, with 80 packs being sold. The importer concerned has stopped selling and removed from shelves the affected product and initiated a recall according to the instructions of the CFS.
People contract E. coli, which is a gastro-intestinal infection, 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. E. coli cannot survive under high temperature and can be killed by thorough cooking.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
The CFS will alert the trade, continue to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate follow-up action.
|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