General Mills Recalls Flour Amid E. Coli Outbreak

May 31, 2016

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General Mills Recalls Flour Amid E. Coli Outbreak
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General Mills issued a voluntary recall of several flour products after health officials linked some of those affected by a recent outbreak of a E. coli bacteria strain to flour consumption, the Minneapolis-based company said Tuesday.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and some state health agencies investigated 38 individuals who tested positive for E. coli 0121 in 20 states from Dec. 21, 2015 to May 3, 2016. Half of those afflicted said they had consumed a homemade food made with flour prior to the onset of the illness. Some of that group said they used General Mills flour brand, the company said in a press release.

“Based on the information that has been shared with General Mills, some of the ill consumers may have also consumed raw dough or batter. Consumers are reminded not to consume any raw products made with flour,” the company’s statement said, noting that raw flour “carries with it risks of bacteria which are rendered harmless by baking, frying, or boiling.”

The company’s statement said that to date no E. coli has been found in “any General Mills products” or in its manufacturing facility.

The 0121 strain of the E. coli bacteria can cause death in some cases. Among the General Mills products voluntarily recalled were six types of Gold Medal brand flour, one type of Signature Kitchens brand flour, and one variety of Gold Medal Wondra flour. 

The "best buy" dates for affected products range from Aug. 23, 2016 to Jun. 14, 2017.

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