25 cases of E. coli infection reported in four provinces

25 cases of E. coli infection reported in four provinces

Twenty-five cases of E. coli bacterial infection associated with Robin Hood all-purpose flour were reported in British Columbia (12), Saskatchewan (4), Alberta (4), and Newfoundland -Labrador (5).

Six people were hospitalized, but no deaths were reported. The dates of onset of the disease range from November 2016 to the end of February 2017.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall notice for Robin Hood All Purpose Flour for this outbreak. The target flour was sold in 10 kg bags in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

The investigation is underway and other products related to the outbreak investigation may be identified.

The CFIA submits that E. coli- contaminated foods do not necessarily show visible changes or suspicious odors, but may still cause illness.

Possible symptoms include nausea, vomiting, more or less acute abdominal cramps, and watery or bloody diarrhea. The disease can lead to death.

The agency encourages the public to check whether it has the intended product at home and, if so, to throw it in the trash or to bring it back to the store where it was purchased.

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