Robin Hood Flour Recall
Robin Hood flour recall for E.coli expanded across all of Canada.
Concerns about people getting ill from possible E. coli contamination have triggered a national food recall warning about a popular brand of flour.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says 10.00, 10 kilogram bags of Robin Hood Original All Purpose Flour are being recalled by Smucker Foods of Canada.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says an outbreak of E.coli 0121 has been linked to the flour.
They do not want consumers to continue consuming the product. They want them to throw it out or take it back to retail and to encourage people if they are not feeling well to seek medical aid.
The recall applies to flour with a best before date of April 17, 2018 (2018AL17) and production code 6291548.
The agency says there have been 26 cases of people infected with this kind of E.coli bacteria in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
No deaths have been reported, but at least 6 people required hospital care.
The agency says the investigation is ongoing and there could be additional products linked to the outbreak.
Food contaminated with E.coli may not look or smell spoiled, but can still make people sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea.
The shelf life of a bag of flour can be up to 18 months.
There is now a class-action suit to seek damages for people who got sick from Robin Hood flour.
A pair of Alberta-based law firms say they have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of people, including a B.C. woman
The lawsuit claims the company breached its duty to safely manufacture goods. It also says the company failed to adopt technological advances in laboratory testing for flour, lacked adequate procedures for cleaning equipment and didn’t train staff properly for food handling.