Flour Products Recalled for E. coli Contamination
J.M. Smucker Company has recalled its Robin Hood All-Purpose Flour for potential E. coli contamination. According to news reports, the affected flour includes five-pound bags of Robin Hood All-Purpose Flour. The recalled flour was distributed and sold in the United States, nationwide, at a variety of retailers. This recall comes after two other recalls involving tainted flour – one from General Mills for its five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour and the other from King Arthur Flour for its five- and 25-pound bags of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour.
The recall does not affect any flour sold in Canada or any other products produced by The J.M. Smucker Company. Consumers who have purchased the recalled flour are asked to stop using the product. They are also urged to dispose of the contaminated flour. If you have any questions about these products or the recall, please call J.M. Smucker at 1-888-569-6728. The company has said it is issuing this recall out of an “abundance of caution” and that it has not received any reports of illnesses so far.
The seriousness of E. Coli Infections
- E. coli infections, which are often caused by contaminated food or water, have the potential to cause severe symptoms ranging from severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Although most victims do get better within five to seven days, some infections can be severe and even life-threatening. About 10 percent of E. coli infections could result in a condition called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome or HUS, which results in kidney failure.
HUS is a condition that affects the blood and blood vessels. It results in the destruction of blood platelets (cells involved in clotting), a low red blood cell count (anemia) and kidney failure due to damage to the very small blood vessels of the kidneys. Symptoms of HUS could include bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, pale skin, irritability, fatigue, fever, unexplained bruises or bleeding and decreased urination. Once this process begins, the damages red blood cells begin to clog the filtering system in the kidneys, which may eventually cause the life-threatening kidney failure associated with HUS.
If You Have Been Affected
If you or a loved one has been affected by these or other contaminated or recalled food products, you may be able to seek compensation for the damages and losses you have suffered including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced food poisoning lawyer will be able to remain on your side, fight for your rights and help you secure fair and full compensation for your tremendous losses.