One kind of prepackaged cake mix with possible E. coli contamination
|Source of Information||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The CFS earlier had advised the public to stop consuming and the trade to stop selling certain batches of prepackaged flour produced by an American manufacturer, General Mills Inc., which had been imported into Hong Kong as the products might be contaminated with E. coli. The CFS, through its routine Food Incident Surveillance System, subsequently noted that the American manufacturer concerned has expanded its recall to include three kinds of prepackaged cake mix from the Betty Crocker brand as the products were produced with flour which might have been contaminated with E.coli. The CFS immediately followed up and preliminary investigation found that a local importer, The Dairy Farm Company Limited, had imported a batch of the affected product.
People may 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. E. coli cannot survive under high temperature and can be killed by thorough cooking.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
According to the information provided by the importer, the import quantity of the product concerned (including the affected batch) was 864 packs, which were distributed only to its supermarket chain, with about 290 packs being sold.
|Advice to the Trade||
The CFS has also informed the local trade should also stop using or selling the product concerned immediately.
|Advice to Consumers||
The public are advised not to consume the affected product. People should refrain from consuming any raw dough or batter products.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department