Our lawyers are filing lawsuits for people who developed severe food poisoning infections from contaminated flour. Signs and symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of food poisoning and feel that tainted flour may be to blame, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
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What’s the Problem?
Flour, a ubiquitous pantry staple once thought to be harmless, has recently been found to harbor strains of dangerous bacteria that have the potential to make people violently ill. And while not a particularly common source of foodborne illness, flour has been implicated in at least 2 major outbreaks of E. coli in recent years.
E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Flour
November 24, 2017 – An outbreak of E. coli food poisoning infections that occurred last year across much of the U.S. has been tied to bacteria found in raw flour, according to a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The problem with flour may be more common and widespread than originally thought:
“Our data show that although it is a low-moisture food, raw flour can be a vehicle for foodborne pathogens,” the researchers said.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began investigating the E. coli outbreak in June 2016, according to CNN. The agencies subsequently fingered General Mills as the likely cause of the outbreak, and the company issued a recall for 3 brands of its flour: Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens.
After tests confirmed that the flour was indeed to blame, the recall was expanded to include flour produced from Nov. 14, 2015, to Feb. 10, 2016.
At least 5 other companies that used recalled flour in their products initiated recalls of their own, including Betty Crocker cake mix, Marie Callender’s biscuit mix and Krusteaz pancake mix.
E. Coli Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of E. coli infection typically begin to present 3 to 4 days after exposure to the bacteria, and may include:
- Abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)
One potential complication of E. coli infection is hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening condition that occurs when the kidneys stop working. In the NEJM study noted above, researchers detailed an outbreak of E. coli that caused 63 cases of HUS across 24 states. Of these, 17 patients required hospitalization because their symptoms were so severe.
Signs and symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome include:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Decreased urination or blood in the urine
- Abdominal pain
- Pallor changes
- Small bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth
- Fatigue and irritability
- Confusion or seizures
- High blood pressure
- Swelling of the face, hands, feet or entire body
Can Bacteria in Flour be Killed?
There are ways to kill bacteria in flour before it reaches consumers, but they aren’t currently in use in the U.S. Heat treatment, for example, will kill the E. coli and other pathogens in flour products. However, this process also changes the structure of the flour, which affects the texture of baked goods, which is no good.
Irradiation, which is typically used to kill parasites and other pests in flour, is another option, except that it takes a much higher dose of radiation to kill bacteria compared to that needed to eliminate pests.
Do I Have a Flour Recall Lawsuit?
The Product Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in flour recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new E. coli infection cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed symptoms of food poisoning you feel were caused by tainted flour, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.