updated 1:37 PM PDT, May 29, 2017
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Frozen Waffles, Pancakes and French Toasts Recalled

RiteWay Food Markets issued an alert this week announcing that various Aunt Jemima frozen products are being recalled because of suspected Lysteria contamination.

The supermarket in a social media post noted that the voluntary recall was issued by Pinnacle Foods Inc. and involves all “Best By” dates of Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes, Frozen Waffles and Frozen French Toast Slices distributed nationally in the United States and Mexico.

It was reported that the company suspects that the recalled products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. However it was noted that no illnesses were reported as a result of the consumption of the products.

In the announcement Pinnacle Foods noted that the recall was being done as a precautionary measure to safeguard the health and safety of its customers.

The notice mentioned that Pinnacle Foods initiated the recall after testing indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the plant environment. “We are working in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this recall,” the company added.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recall only applies to the Aunt Jemima frozen products and does not include any Aunt Jemima dry mixes and syrups. Riteway Food Market asked customers to call with any concern.

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No Contaminated Flour Found in BVI

Last week the Environmental Health Department announced efforts to rid the Territory of suspected 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 product.

On April 28th 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 April 20th.

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. 

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