July 11, 2016 — Krusteaz blueberry pancake mix has been recalled due to possible E. coli contamination in the blueberries.
No illnesses have been reported and the recall is precautionary. The problem is that the “blueberries” are made with flour that was recalled by General Mills after a sample tested positive for E. coli.
That outbreak has sickened at least 42 people in 21 states, but none of the illnesses were linked to pancake mix.
The pancake mixes being recalled include:
- Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix (28-oz box): Best by date code between 3/30/2018 and 6/16/2018, and a UPC code 041449001289
- Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix (3.5-lb “Family Size” bag): Best by date code between of 4/27/2018 to 4/28/2018, with a UPC code 041449001487.
If you bought the recalled product, call the Continental Mills Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-457-7744 for a full refund. Unless you think you have E. coli, throw the product away. Do not eat it — even if you have already eaten some of it without getting sick.
E. coli is a bacteria that is found in the intestines of many animals. Flour is grown outdoors, where it can be contaminated. It is not usually heat-treated before it is packaged and sold.
It can take up to 10 days before symptoms appear. When they do, most people experience diarrhea (may be bloody), fever, vomiting, and severe abdominal cramps. Most people get better within 5-7 days. In some cases, people develop a type of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
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