One kind of prepackaged flour with possible E. coli contamination
|Source of Information||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: Gold Medal Unbleached Flour
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The CFS earlier advised the public to stop consuming and the trade to stop selling a number of batches of prepackaged flour produced by an American manufacturer, General Mills Inc, as the products, which had been imported into Hong Kong, might be contaminated with E. coli. The CFS found in further investigations that a local importer, City Super Limited, had imported another batch of the affected products.
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 importer, the import quantity of the affected product was 48 packs, which were distributed only to its supermarket chain, with 11 packs being sold. The importer concerned has already stopped selling and removed from shelves the affected product earlier and surrendered the remaining stock to the CFS for disposal. It has also initiated a recall according to the instructions of the CFS.
|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