General Mills Recalls Flour After E. Coli Outbreak


In a press statement released on Tuesday, May 31, General Mills announced a voluntary recall on some of their flour products. The company claims to be collaborating with health officials as they investigate an ongoing E. coli outbreak. This particular strain of the bacteria (E. coli O121) is said to be potentially linked to Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour and Signature Kitchens flour.

A CDC investigation of 38 E. Coli cases across 20 states revealed that more than half of the affected individuals reported “making something homemade with flour at some point prior to becoming ill.” Some reported using a General Mills brand of flour. The CDC also told General Mills personnel that some of the ill consumers may have eaten raw dough or batter. This investigation spanned from Dec. 21, 2015 to May 3, 2016.

In response to the voluntary recall, General Mills Baking division president, Liz Nordlie, released this statement:

“As a leading provider of flour for 150 years, we felt it was important to not only recall the product and replace it for consumers if there was any doubt, but also to take this opportunity to remind our consumers how to safely handle flour.”

As a precaution, Genral Mills and the FDA recommends that consumers refrain from eating raw batter or dough.



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