A kind of prepackaged flour with possible Escherichia coli contamination
|Source of Information
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
|Product Name and Description
Product name: Durum Atta Flour
Net Weight: 9 kilograms per pack
UPC: 6 28622 41522 6
Best before date: July 13, 2017
|Reason For Issuing Alert
- The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that a manufacturer, Ardent Mills, is recalling the affected product as it may be contaminated with E. coli. According to information provided by the concerned Canadian authorities, a local importer New Delhi Store had imported the affected product into Hong Kong.
- 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. E. coli cannot survive under high temperature and can be killed by thorough cooking.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
- Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with the importer concerned. According to information provided by the importer, it had imported the above-mentioned product. All the product has been sold out with no remaining stock. The CFS is tracing the distribution of the affected product and has instructed the importer to initiate a recall.
- The CFS will alert the trade, continue to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate follow-up actions.
|Advice to the Trade
Stop using or selling the products concerned immediately.
|Advice to Consumers
- Stop consuming the affected product.
- Refrain from consuming any raw dough or batter products.
The CFS press release
Members of the public may call the company's hotline at 2369 3038 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department