One 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 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, noted a further 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 immediately followed up and preliminary investigation found that the sole agent of the product concerned in Hong Kong, General Mills Hong Kong Limited, had imported a batch of the affected product.
People can 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 sole agent, the import quantity of the product concerned was 36 cartons (eight packs per carton), which had already been distributed to local vendors. The CFS is tracing the distribution of the affected product.
|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