General Mills has issued a voluntary recall for about 10 million pounds of flour due to an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened 46 people in 21 states.
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UPDATE: Recall Expands Again After More Illnesses
July 26, 2016 — General Mills is expanding a recall for potentially E. coli-contaminated flour after 46 illnesses in were reported in 21 states. The flour has tested positive for Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O26 and O121. Click here for a list of recalled flour.
Betty Crocker Cake Mix Recall
July 11, 2016 — Two flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix have been recalled because the flavor chips (or bits) may contain flour that is contaminated with E. coli:
- Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
- Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix
Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix Recalled
Flour Recall Expands – 4 More Illnesses Reported
July 1, 2016 — General Mills is expanding a recall for Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens, and Wondra flour after 4 more E. coli illnesses were reported. The recall includes flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers’ pantries. Click here for a complete list of recalled products.
Gold Medal Flour Recall
- Gold Medal Wondra (13.5-oz)
- Gold Medal All Purpose Flour (2-lb, 5-lb, 10-lb)
- Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour (5-lb)
- Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour (2-lb)
Signature Kitchens Flour Recall
The recall also includes Signature Kitchens flour, which was sold in Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls, and Acme. These products include:
- Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour (5-lb)
- Signature Kitchens Unbleached All Purpose Flour (5-lb)
Recommendation for Consumers
Consumers should bring the product back to the store where it was purchased for a complete refund. Do not eat the recalled product, even if the package has been partially eaten without causing illness.
The FDA recommends:
“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.”
What Strain of E. Coli Caused the Outbreak?
The strain has been identified as E. coli O121 and illnesses were reported between December 21, 2015 and May 2, 2016. Approximately half of the people who got sick made something homemade with flour just before their illness.
How Does Flour Become Contaminated?
General Mills says E. coli O121 has not been found in any of the company’s flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility.
Flour is made from wheat, which is grown outdoors and can be contaminated with bacteria. E. coli is destroyed by baking, frying, or boiling. However, consumers can get sick by eating raw batter or not washing their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly.
E. Coli Food Poisoning
E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacteria that produces Shiga toxin. People usually get sick within 2-8 days of swallowing the bacteria. The infection can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and painful abdominal cramps.
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
In some cases, infections lead to a severe type of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) — especially in children under 5 years, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. However, anyone who is infected can develop HUS.
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