Flour Advisory Issued to BC Residents
Prince George, B.C. – The BC Centre for Disease Control is alerting British Columbians after six people in BC were infected with the same strain of E. coli O121 between February and April of this year.
A sample of flour from one of the ill people was tested by the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory. The flour was positive for the same strain of E. coli O121 as seen in all the illnesses.
While it is unknown at this time whether the other ill people consumed the same flour, the BCCDC recommends consumers:
· Dispose of Rogers all-purpose flour in a 10kg bag with the lot number MFD 17 Jan 19 C. This flour was available to Costco customers in BC beginning in January 2017.
Although this outbreak is occurring at the same time as a national outbreak involving a different strain of E. coli O121 that has been linked to various flours and flour products, it is unclear whether there is a link between the two outbreaks.
Anyone who becomes ill with vomiting and diarrhea after consuming raw dough, batter or flour products is advised to consult their physician, or call the nurse line at 811.