General Mills of Minneapolis, MN, continues to collaborate with health officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121, and is expanding its recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour to include flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers’ pantries. The recall is being expanded due to a newly-reported illness that appears to have stemmed from the consumption of raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall.
Guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour. E. coli O121 is eliminated by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.
Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
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.
The recall affects the following retail flour products. It includes 8 SKUs (stock keeping units or UPC codes) of Gold Medal Flour, 1 SKU of Signature Kitchens Flour and 1 SKU of Gold Medal Wondra flour.
If you have any of the products listed below, they should be thrown away.
The specific products in the recall include:
|13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra|
|Recalled Better if Used by Dates||23FEB2017KC, 24FEB2017KC|
|2 lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour|
|Recalled Better if Used by Dates||15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 04JUN2017KC, 05JUN2017KC, 11JUN2017KC, 12JUN2017KC, 13JUN2017KC, 14JUN2017KC|
|2lb Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour|
|Recalled Better if Used by Dates||09AUG2016KC, 10AUG2016KC, 16AUG2016KC, 17AUG2016KC, 06SEP2016KC, 07SEP2016KC|
|10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour|
|Recalled Better if Used by Dates||16MAY2017KC through 20MAY2017KC, 05JUN2017KC|
|5lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour|
|Recalled Better if Used by Dates||15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC|
|5lb Gold Medal Self Rising Flour|
|Recalled Better if Used by Dates||10AUG2016KC, 11AUG2016KC|
|4.25lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour|
|Recalled Better if Used by Dates||21MAY2017KC, 03JUN2017KC|
|5lb Gold Medal Unbleached Flour|
|Recalled Better if Used by Dates||19MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 11JUN2017KC, 12JUN2017KC|
|10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour- Banded Pack|
|Recalled Better if Used by Dates||15MAY2017KC|
|2lb Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached|
|Recalled Better if Used by Dates||BB MAY 27 2017|