Recall roundup: flour, milk, cream and shortbread
Food and beverage products are recalled due to reasons ranging from contamination to incorrect labelling, and here is New Food’s roundup of the most recent cases.
Hodgson Mill recalls Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour
Hodgson Mill of Effingham, Illinois, US, has announced a voluntary national recall of specific lots of its Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour (5 lb).
The recall is due to the potential presence of pathogenic E. coli which was discovered through sampling raw uncooked flour. Hodgson Mill has not received any confirmed reports of illnesses related to this product.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has warned consumers to not consume raw flour or uncooked raw dough. E. coli is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing, or boiling products made with flour.
Symptoms of pathogenic E. coli illness include acute, often bloody diarrheal illness and abdominal cramps. Most people recover within a week. However, children, the elderly, and immunosuppressed individuals may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe illness which may cause the kidneys to fail.
This lot of flour was milled at an ADM Milling Facility in St Louis, Missouri and repacked at Hodgson Mill, Inc. facility in Effingham, Illinois and was distributed by Hodgson Mill through retailers and distribution nationwide and sold through its website.
Consumers who have purchased the specific lot codes are urged to stop using the product immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
UNFI Voluntarily recalls Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached
UNFI, US, has announced a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli. During routine FDA sampling of the five-pound bag product, results were found to be positive for E.coli.
To date, UNFI has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of care.
Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall. Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Further information of the above two recalls can be found on the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) website.
Darwin’s Dairy recalls milk and cream products
Darwin’s Dairy, UK, is recalling all of its milk and cream product range because the products may not have been effectively pasteurised. This means the products may contain harmful bacteria such as E. coli. Products are sold in glass bottles, plastic bottles and cartons in a range of sizes.
Point-of-sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the products. Darwin’s Dairy has reportedly contacted delivery customers to advise them of the product recall.
Consumers who have purchased any of the products have been advised not to eat or drink them and instead, dispose of them.
TJ Morris recalls Oxfordshire Tea Co. Butter Shortbread
TJ Morris, UK, is recalling Oxfordshire Tea Co. Butter Shortbread because the allergy labelling is considered inaccurate. The product contains wheat (gluten) and it has been incorrectly labelled as ‘Gluten Free’. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten. This product is only sold at Home Bargains stores.
No other TJ Morris products are known to be affected.
TJ Morris has been advised to contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall. The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.
Consumers who have purchased the product and have an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten have been advised to not consume it and instead return it to the store from where it was purchased for a full refund.
Further information of the above two recalls can be found on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website.