E. Coli Concerns Lead to Cheese Biscuit Recall

(CN) — The Food and Drug Administration said certain types of Marie Callender’s cheese biscuit mix have been recalled because flour used in them may be contaminated with E. coli.
     The recall only applies to 7-ounce cheese biscuit mix sold in five states — Alabama, California, Washington, Utah and Texas — with best-by dates of March 22, 2017, and May 17, 2017, as well as a 14-ounce mix sold only in Stockton, Calif., with a best-by date of June 17, 2017.
     The maker of the Marie Callender’s cheese biscuit mix, International Commissary Corporation, was notified by a supplier that an ingredient in the mix contains flour recalled by General Mills because it may have contained the bacterium E. coli.
     Only some strains of E. coli can make people sick, according to the FDA. One deadly strain can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration.
     ICC says the recall was issued out of an abundance of caution. The company says it does not know of any illnesses related to Marie Callender’s cheese biscuit mix.
     Kevin Greene, vice president of sales at ICC, said “the quality of Marie Callender’s products and the safety of our customers are the upmost important issues.”
     “We care deeply about people, our consumers, our employees and our supplier partners,” Greene said in a statement. “We are working with our retail customers and the FDA to ensure any affected product is removed from the marketplace immediately.”

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