1 Ill CFIA RECALL Robin Hood Flour E. COLI April 4, 2017

Updated Food Recall Warning – Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original recalled due to E. coli O121

Recall date:
April 4, 2017
Reason for recall:
Microbiological – E. coli O121
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Smucker Foods of Canada Corp.
Extent of the distribution:

Recall details

Ottawa, April 4, 2017 – The food recall warning issued on March 28, 2017 has been updated to include additional distribution information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. is recalling Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 10 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2018 AL 17 and 6 291 548 0 59000 01652 8

What you should do

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with E. coli O121 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.


This recall was triggered by findings by CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.


There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of this product.


  1. This morning I purchased a 2.5 kg. bag of all purpose flour and I checked and I think that I should be ok. This affects a 10 kg bag and the particulars are on Yahoo.ca. I saw a bunch of the big bags of flour but we don’t use that much flour at all so I must be safe. Mice and different rodents are known to get into the flour mills and leave behind their deposits and this causes disease.

  2. Jules, you can also freeze flour if you buy too much.

  3. All things considered we are fortunate to have a safe dependable food chain system. These potential issues are usually caught swiftly and dealt with promptly to ensure the public safety.

  4. Thank you Hugger. I didn’t know that we could freeze flour. My husband’s mother in Lebanon would find mice in her flour and other things if they were just put in burlap bags and over there it is very hot and mice get into the homes and apartments as well as bugs. We buy very little at a time and thank you for the great tip.

  5. My wife freezes it. So……….

  6. Hugger you gave me a great tip and I thank you. I have learned a lot of things but this is one of my best tips that you gave me. If I made a lot of pita bread then the big bag would come into good use but I use the flour for regular baking and cooking so I buy a little at a time but even with the little bag I am going to freeze some of that bag and I do mean thank you to you.

  7. I have been using flour lately and none of us have died yet. I will have to let everyone know if this happens. LOL LOL. ROLF! What I have read is where the flour is made and the rats get into that and even the machine that they grind the flour is contaminated with rat feces. I don’t want to make anyone sick but we don’t know what we are consuming these days.

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