General Mills, one of the leaders of flour production in the US, has announced on Monday, that they have expanded their previous flour recall from May 31, 2016. The decision was taken after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified four more people infected with E. coli after handling flour that wasn’t included in the original recall.
The individuals affected are from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and they reported feeling sick after they handled or ate uncooked dough or batter made from raw flour. Properly baked and cooked flour has not been connected to any cases of E. coli.
The standard E. coli symptoms include vomiting, stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea for a period of up to seven days. People with vulnerable immune systems, like children and the elderly, have a greater risk of becoming ill. In one of the most recent cases, an individual is suffering from kidney failure caused by a more severe infection of E. coli, according to the CDC.
General Mills has issued a press release stating that:
“At this time, it is unknown if we are experiencing a higher prevalence of E.coli in flour than normal, if this is an issue isolated to General Mills’ flour, or if this is an issue across the flour industry.”
There’s also the possibility that newer flour testing technology and detection tools are finding a connection that may have always existed at these levels.
The company’s president, Jeff Harmening has assured consumers that they are working with health officials and experts to learn more and create new safety protocols.
On their website, General Mills recommend taking the following actions:
- Do not eat or taste dough or batter made with raw flour.
- Properly cook or bake food made with flour. Bacteria (such as E. coli) that might be found in the raw flour will be eliminated.
- Check your pantry and throw away any products that match the recalled products listed below. If possible, save the product name, UPC (bar code) and Better if Used By Date to help our Consumer Relations team assist you with a replacement coupon. If you no longer have the flour package or have any doubts, throw away the flour.
- If you have any questions about the flour recall or need a replacement coupon for any product included in the recall, complete this form or call our Consumer Relations team at 1-800-230-8103.
The recalled flour production dates, previously announced, ranged from November 4, 2015, through December 4, 2015. The expanded recall includes select production dates through February 10, 2016.
You can find the complete recall information at generalmills.com/flour.
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