Smucker Foods linked to E. coli O121 outbreak

One case of illness was associated with the use of this flour, but the CFIA says the investigation is continuing, which may lead to recalls of other products.

It says the flour was sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The two federal agencies are collaborating with other federal and provincial public health partners to investigate an outbreak of Escherichia coli, called E. coli O121 that has now been linked to Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original.

Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Robin Hood brand all objective flour in one size for possible E. coli O121 contamination.

PHAC said it is not safe to taste or eat raw dough or batter, regardless of the type of flour used as raw flour can be contaminated with harmful bacteria.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the recall Tuesday morning.

The flour, produced by Smucker Foods of Canada Corp., is being recalled due to possible E. coli 0121 contamination and consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it but either throw it out or return it to the store where they bought it.

If you get sick as a result of consuming the product, you are advised to see a doctor.

During the food safety investigation, samples of Robin Hood flour were collected and did test positive for E. coli O121.

Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea.

In severe cases, some people may suffer seizures or strokes, permanent kidney damage or in the most serious cases, death.

  • Joanne Flowers