In recent years, multiple recalls have been issued for several flour products after outbreaks of E. coli illnesses.
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UPDATE: 21 Sickened in Flour E. coli Outbreak
In mid-2019, the CDC reported that multiple flour products were linked to an outbreak of E. coli O26 illnesses that infected at least 21 people in 9 states, including 3 people who were hospitalized.
Wild Harvest Flour Recall
In November 2019, UNFI recalled 5-pound bags of Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour after a bag tested positive for E coli. No illnesses were reported. The flour is labeled with a Code of AA BEST IF USED BY 010820 CC 15:58 and UPC Code 711535509158.
Hodgson Mill White Wheat Flour Recall
In November 2019, Hodgson Mill recalled 5-pound bags of Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour after a sample tested positive for E. coli. No illnesses were reported. The flour is labeled with UPC 0-71518-05009-2, Best By Date 10-01-2020 and 10-02-2020, with Lot # 001042 & 005517.
Robin Hood Flour Recall
In October 2019, The J.M. Smucker Company recalled certain lots of Robin Hood® All Purpose Flour due to possible E. coli contamination. No illnesses were reported. The recall involves Lot #8350 513, #8351 513, #8354 513, and #8355 513.
King Arthur Expands Flour Recall
In October 2019, King Arthur expanded a recall that began in June 2019 to affect 5-lb and 25-lb bags of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour that may be contaminated by E. coli. No illnesses were reported as of October 1. The flour was milled by at an ADM Milling facility in Buffalo, NY and sold nationwide.
Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour Recall
In September 2019, General Mills recalled 5-pound bags of Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour after a bag tested positive for contamination with E. coli O26. The recall involves bags with “best by” dates of September 6, 2020.
2019 Flour Recalls
In May and June 2019, several types of flour were recalled because they may be contaminated with E. coli. An outbreak of illnesses sickened at least 17 people in 8 states since December 2018.
- On June 21, 2019, Brand Castle recalled 25-oz and 32-oz glass jars of cookie and brownie mix because it may be contaminated with E. coli.
|Brand Castle Arctic Chill Chocolate Mint Cookie Mix||6-54448-01035-2||L6112618||As potential retail product in OHIO as product samples only|
|Brand Castle Hot Cocoa Cookie Mix||6-54448-01036-9||L5111918||To retail stores in Alabama, New York, South Carolina|
|Sisters Gourmet Million Dollar Cookie Mix||6-54448-00002-5||L2121818||To retail stores in Minnesota, Missouri, New York|
|Sisters Gourmet Billion Dollar Brownie Mix||6-54448-00017-9||31OCT2019BC8324||To retail stores in Missouri, Utah|
|In the Mix Chocolate Mint Chip Cookie Mix||6-54448-01081-9||LM101518||To retail stores in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska|
|Brand Castle The Grinch Sugar Cookie Mix with Sprinkles||6-54448-01038-3||25JUL2019BC8324||To Ohio|
- On June 14, 2019, Hometown Food Co. recalled 5-lb. bags of Pillsbury Best Bread Flour with UPC Code 0 5150020031 5 and the following lot codes and use-by dates:
- Lot Code: 8 342, Use-By Date: JUN 08 2020
- Lot Code: 8 343, Use-By Date: JUN 09 2020
- On June 13, 2019, King Arthur Flour, Inc., a customer of ADM Milling Co., announced a recall of 14,218 cases of 5-lb. bags of King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour.
- Best Used By 12/07/19, Lot: L18A07C
- Best Used By 12/08/19, Lots: L18A08A, L18A08B
- Best Used By 12/14/19, Lots: L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C
- On May 23, 2019, ALDI, in association with ADM Milling Co., recalled all 5-lb. bags of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour.
- It was sold in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
2016 Flour Recalls for E. coli
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 — 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
Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens, Wondra Flour — 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.
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.”
How Does Flour Become Contaminated?
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 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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