Several cases in Bavaria: EHEC pathogens found in flour – what’s behind the recalls?

Mill XY is recalling wheat flour XY – reports of this type are currently piling up. There were four cases Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety in the last two weeks alone in Bavaria known. The reason: E. coli bacteria were found.

E. coli bacteria occur naturally in the intestines of animals and humans. But not all are safe. Certain E. coli can cause serious illnesses in animals and humans because they poisons (toxins) form.

EHEC pathogen: Dog feces can contaminate flour

are problematic for humans E.coli bacteria, which can form Shiga toxins. They are also abbreviated to STEC. STECwhich in humans infections with diarrhea and abdominal cramps can trigger as enterohemorrhagic E. coliEHEC for short.

The pathogens are usually associated with animal foods. As the Federal Office for Consumer Protection 2021 in zoonoses monitoring has determined, however, plant-based foods are also always possible source for infections. In the study, 242 samples of wheat flour were examined and 22 tested positive for STEC germs. But not only wheat flour is affected.

In a study by the Federal Institute for Risk assessment from 2018 were added to wheat flour as well Rye and spelled flour samples examined. The result: 15 percent (50 of 328) samples were positive.

Germs: How to prevent infection

If the pathogen is detected in plant foods, this can be an important indication of a pollution be. For example, by fertilizing the field or by dog poot the grain can be contaminated in the field – and this can be transferred to the end product.

According to that Federal Institute for Consumer Protection EHEC/STEC are killed by boiling, roasting and stewing. Care should be taken to ensure that the food sits for at least two minutes core temperature of at least 70 °C.

Versus cold and dehydration, however, the pathogens are fairly resistant. Here you can find out what you should consider when baking: Keep your hands off the raw dough.

Germs found: The recall applies to these types of flour

  • Of the Mill shop Birgitt Harder calls that Wheat Flour Hardermühle Strass Type 405 with 2.5 kg and the best before date April 25, 2023. At the product were Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) established. The flour was only produced regionally in small quantities in the Birgitt Hader mill shop and in butchers, bakeries and farm shops in the districts of Neu-Ulm and District of Augsburg expelled. Customers can return the product for a refund of the purchase price.
  • Of the Farm shop Wallner calls for reasons of preventive consumer protection Wheat Flour Type 550 with 1 kg and the expiration date May 30, 2023. At the product were Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) established. The affected flour was only sold regionally in small quantities in the Wallner farm shop. Customers can return the product at any time refund of the purchase price return.
  • Of the Direct marketer Labahn calls Organic wheat flourtype 550 1 kg, brand “Healthy” with an expiration date of May 1, 2023. In the product could EHEC pathogen condition. The flour was made locally in Bodenkirchen and Eching/Biller farmer’s market sold. Customers who have bought this flour can return it at any time refund return.
  • the Mill Franz Brand calls that Wheat flour type 405and Type 1050 with 5 kg, 10 kg and 25 kg with best before dates March 2023 and June 2023. In the product can EHEC pathogen condition. The flour was produced locally in Rothmühle 1, Leiblfing sold to buyers.

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