General Mills flour recall expands, E. coli danger
Check your kitchen for older flour products
It's one of the most basic ingredients most of you have in your kitchen, flour. General Mills is now expanding a recall of its flour products across the country. The first recall was announced at the end of May, but it's now growing.
The recall is being expanded after a newly-reported illness that appears to have been caused when some ate raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall. However, there is concern those bags of flour could still be inside pantries or kitchen cupboards around the country.
Just this week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about eating any raw products made with flour. It's oh-so-tempting to eat that cookie dough or cake batter, but if the uncooked flour has been contaminated with E. coli you could get sick.
Even more concerning, this recall is connected to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O121. 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.
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.
The recall affects the following retail flour products. It includes 8 SKUs (stock keeping units or UPC codes) of Gold Medal Flour, 1 SKU of Signature Kitchens Flour and 1 SKU of Gold Medal Wondra flour.
If you have any of the products listed below, they should be thrown away. Consumers with additional questions or requesting a replacement should contact the company at 800-230-8103. Additional recall information can also be found at http://www.generalmills.com/flourdisclaimer
The specific products in the recall can be found via this link:
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