Great Value, other pie and tart shells recalled for tainted flour BY NEWS DESK | APRIL 27, 2017Another food recall in Canada is underway in the midst of an E. coli outbreak as several brands of pie and tart shells made with flour linked to 28 illnesses are being pulled from retailers across the country.
Harlan Bakeries of Edmonton and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are warning consumers to check their homes for the recalled products, according to the recall notice posted on the CFIA’s website. Products included in the Harlan Bakeries recall include Great Value and other brands listed here:
Brand NameCommon NameSizeCode(s) on ProductUPCno nameDeep Dish Pie Shells380 gBest before dates:
2017 NO 24
2017 DE 010 60383 05599 8
no nameSweetened Tart shells570 gBest before dates:
2017 DE 01
2017 DE 080 60383 10429 0
no nameTart Shells570 gBest before dates:
2017 NO 28
2017 NO 29
2017 DE 05
2017 DE 19
2017 DE 200 60383 68840 0
Great ValueDeep Dish Pie Shells380 gBest before dates:
2017 NO 24
2017 DE 016 28915 08589 1
Great ValueTart Shells228 gBest before date:
2017 DE 216 28915 08590 7
Great ValueTart Shells570 gBest before dates:
2017 NO 29
2017 NO 30
2017 DE 066 28915 08591 4
Apple Valley2″ Sweet Tart Shells640 gBest before date:
2017NO246 87415 17100 8
Apple Valley3″ Tart Shells570 gBest before dates:
2017 NO 30
2017 DE 096 87415 17103 9
Western Family12 Tart Shells228 gBest before date:
2017 DE 070 62639 30952 7
“Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased,” according to the recall. “It is not safe to taste or eat raw dough or batter regardless of the type of flour used, as raw flour can be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O121. Food contaminated with E. coli O121 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.”
Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of E. coli infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure to the pathogen so the proper diagnostic tests can be performed.
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, according to the recall notice.
“This recall was triggered by findings by the CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak,” the recall notice states. “There have been reported illnesses associated with flour; however, at this time, there have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the products identified in this Food Recall Warning.”
The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed 27 cases of E. coli O121 infections across five Canadian provinces since November 2016 that have been linked to flour produced by Ardent Mills Canada. A 28th victim was a visitor to the country.
Seven of the outbreak victims were hospitalized, but are recovering. No deaths have been reported in relation to the outbreak.
The previous recalls of the implicated flour and products made with it are: