General Mills Recalls Flour After E. Coli Outbreak in 20 States Linked to Gold Medal Flour

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
May 31, 2016 4:21 pm Last Updated: May 31, 2016 4:21 pm

General Mills is voluntarily recalling its flour products after reports of an E. Coli outbreak in multiple states, the company announced on May 31.

E. coli 0121 may be potentially linked to Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour, General Mills said. The products are sold in Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls, and Acme.

As of now, E. Coli o201 has not been found in General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility. The company has not received any reports from consumers about getting ill over the products.

The E. Coli o201 outbreak has spanned across 20 states, sickening 38 people between Dec. 21, 2015, and May 3, 2016.

While tracking the illness, the Centers for Disease Control found that almost half of the people who became ill reported making something homemade with flour before getting sick. Some reported using a General Mills brand of flour.

The company says that some of the sick customers may have eaten raw dough or batter.

“Consumers are reminded to not consume any raw products made with flour. Flour is an ingredient that comes from milling wheat, something grown outdoors that carries with it risks of bacteria which are rendered harmless by baking, frying, or boiling,” the company said.

General Mills also reminded consumers to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour.

“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,” said Liz Nordlie, president of General Mills Baking division.

E. Coli o201 is a potentially deadly bacteria that that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, children, and persons with fragile immune systems are the most vulnerable to foodborne illnesses.

Products Affected By the Recall

13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra

Package UPC 000-16000-18980

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25FEB2017 thru 30MAR2017

2 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour

Package UPC 000-16000-10710

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC thru 03JUN2017KC

5 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour

Package UPC 000-16000-10610

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC thru 31MAY2017KC, 01JUN2017KC, 03JUN2017KC thru 05JUN2017KC, 11JUN2017KC thru 14JUN2017KC

10 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour

Package UPC 000-16000-10410

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 02JUN2017KC,03JUN2017KC

5 pound Gold Medal Unbleached Flour

Package UPC 000-16000-19610

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC, 03JUN2017KC, 04JUN2017KC

5 pound Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached

Package UPC 000-21130-53001

Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB MAY 28 2017

5 pound Signature Kitchens Unbleached Flour All Purpose Enriched

Package UPC 000-21130-53022

Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB MAY 27 2017

2 pound Gold Medal Self Rising Flour

Package UPC 000-16000-11710

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 23AUG2016KC

Consumers with additional questions or requesting a replacement should contact General Mills at 800-230-8103. Additional  information can also be found at generalmills.com/flour.