General Mills recalls 10 million pounds of flour after illnesses reported in 20 states
No illnesses are known in Michigan, but voluntary recall affects entire U.S.
General Mills announced Tuesday it's recalling 10 million pounds of its popular flour brands after 38 illnesses have been reported across 20 states, though none in Michigan.
Officials believe an outbreak of E. coli O121 linked to Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour and Signature Kitchen flour (sold in Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls, and Acme).
Here are the brand names, package UPCs and recall dates to check if your flour is part of the recall:
13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra
Package UPC 000-16000-18980
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25FEB2017 thru 30MAR2017
2 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-10710
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC thru 03JUN2017KC
5 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-10610
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC thru 31MAY2017KC, 01JUN2017KC, 03JUN2017KC thru 05JUN2017KC, 11JUN2017KC thru 14JUN2017KC
10 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-10410
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 02JUN2017KC,03JUN2017KC
10 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour- Banded Pack
Package UPC 000-16000-10410
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 03JUN2017KC, 04JUN2017KC, 05JUN2017KC
5 pound Gold Medal Unbleached Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-19610
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC, 03JUN2017KC, 04JUN2017KC
5 pound Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached
Package UPC 000-21130-53001
Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB MAY 28 2017
5 pound Signature Kitchens Unbleached Flour All Purpose Enriched
Package UPC 000-21130-53022
Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB MAY 27 2017 2 poundGold MedalSelf Rising Flour Package UPC 000-16000-11710 Recalled Better if Used by Dates 23AUG2016KC
See the slideshow for photos of the packaging of the recalled flour brands.
General Mills consumers, can ask additional questions here or call 1-800-230-8103.
In a press release the company said it was acting out of an "abundance of caution," and was working with state and federal officials on the reported illnesses. The E. coli breakout was reported betweening Dec. 21, 2015 and May 3, 2016. While attempting to track the cause of the illness, CDC found that approximately half of the individuals reported making something homemade with flour at some point prior to becoming ill. Some reported using a General Mills brand of flour.
Based on the information that has been shared with General Mills, some of the ill consumers may have also consumed raw dough or batter, according to the press release.
The company warned consumers not consume any raw products made with flour. Flour is an ingredient that comes from milling wheat, something grown outdoors that carries with it risks of bacteria which are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling. Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter.
Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician. Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli O121 is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.
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