Potential E. Coli Contamination Prompts Smucker Foods to Recall Flour Products
Certain strains of E. coli create a bacterium that can be deadly
Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. is recalling particular flour products because they may be contaminated by a certain strain of E. coli.
The affected items include specific production codes of Golden Temple, Swad, and Maya flour products packaged in 20-pound paper bags. These bags were distributed across the U.S. to 19 distributors and two small retailers.
For a full list of the affected product descriptions, UPCs, lot codes, and best-by dates, see the official U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) release.
Certain strains of E. coli create a bacterium that can be deadly and may cause bloody diarrhea as well as dehydration. Though most healthy adults may recover from this bacterium within one week, some people—especially young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems—may develop a form of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. This syndrome can result in serious kidney failure and even death.
Although there have been no illnesses reported to date in connection with this recall, consumers who bought one of these products are urged to dispose of it right away and to contact the company for a product replacement coupon.
The FDA recommends following these tips for the safe handling and usage of flour:
- Place recalled products in a sealed plastic bag and then discard them
- Do not consume any raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or other raw dough or batter product
- After coming into contact with flour and raw dough products, thoroughly wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils
For more information, consumers can reach Smucker Foods at (888) 569-6728.