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article imageFlour-related outbreak spurs recall of 22 tons of hors d’oeuvres

By Karen Graham     Jul 9, 2016 in Food
Kabob’s Acquisition Inc. is recalling over 22 tons of raw hors d’oeuvres, including chicken quesadillas, mini tarts and steak spring rolls nationwide because they were made with flour linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak.
The recalled products include 28 different varieties of frozen, not-ready-to-eat meat and poultry products, according to a notice issued Friday evening by the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).
No information regarding "best by" or "expiration" dates is included in the recall notice. The 44,850 pounds of recalled items were produced between Dec. 8, 2015, and Jan. 15 this year. The lake City, Georgia-based company distributed the products nationwide to hotels, restaurants, and institutional kitchens.
The FSIS notice states: “The problem was discovered when a supplier notified Kabob’s Acquisition Inc. that flour sold to the establishment was recalled by General Mills Inc. due to its possible association with a multistate Escherichia coli O121 illness outbreak."
The FSIS notice also states there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these Kabob’s Acquisition, Inc. products. For a complete listing of the recalled products, please go to the FSIS website.
General Mills recall has been ongoing since February
It is hard to believe that the General Mills flour recall is still going on since it was first initiated in February this year. State and federal officials identified the ongoing E. coli O121 outbreak in February, but it took until late April for the common denominator to be found that led to the recall of 10 million pounds of flour.
The CDC, along with state and public health partners, used PulseNet to pin down the DNA fingerprint of the Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) infections. DNA evidence is revealing the outbreak strain of E. coli O121 is present in flour from a General Mills plant in Kansas City, MO.
On July 8, 2016, Food Safety News reported that on July 1, after General Mills tripled its recall - now at 30 million tons of flour, officials in China's Center for Food Safety (CFS) had to issue a recall of a limited quantity of General Mills flour imported into the country. The ongoing outbreak has sickened 42 people in 21 states, and one out of every four people required hospitalization.
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