Canadian Flour Products Removed From Shelves Of Bvi Supermarkets


Last week the Environmental Health Department announced efforts to rid the Territory of possibly contaminated Robin Hood Flour products. Since then two major supermarkets – OneMart and Roadtown Wholesale confirmed that they do not have the contaminated products that were recalled in March/April in stock.

The flour recall which is linked to an E. coli outbreak was first issued in March. However the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) following a food safety investigation updated the recall last week to include additional flour products.

On 28 April Judith Vanterpool, Vice President of OneMart announced that Robin Hood flour and any related products to Robin Hood flour are no longer available for sale at the supermarket.

“We were made aware of the issue as it developed and took immediate steps to ensure the health and safety of our loyal customers by pulling the product from our shelves. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and assure you – the public, that we will continue to ensure that we provide you with the grocery products you need, with due consideration given to international and national health and safety standards,” Mrs. Vanterpool said.

On the same day Roadtown Wholesale Trading Limited published a letter that it received from Smuckers Foods of Canada Corp — the licensor of the Robin Hood brand name to Ardent Mills for the manufacturing and sale of industrial flour products.

The letter noted that Roadtown Wholesale is a customer of Smuckers and announced that Smuckers does not sell or distribute products that were included in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recall on 20 April.

The recall was made after the CFIA discovered a foodborne illness associated with the flour; and suspected that certain items might have been contaminated with E. Coli 0121. Nonetheless, the CFIA has noted that there have been no confirmed illnesses associated with this product. As a result the BVI Environmental Health Division asked the public to take note and discontinue the use of certain Robin Hood Flour products.