General Mills has issued a massive recall for more than 30 million pounds of flour that may be linked to an outbreak of E. coli O121 that has sickened at least 46 people in 21 states. At least 10 of those individuals have been hospitalized, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating a food that may have contained General Mills flour, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: NEJM Study Confirms Flour / E. Coli Link in 2016 Outbreak
November 29, 2017 – A nationwide outbreak of E. coli infections that occurred last year has been conclusively linked 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, according to the researchers: “Our data show that although it is a low-moisture food, raw flour can be a vehicle for foodborne pathogens.”
What’s the Problem?
May 31, 2016 – Approximately half of those sickened reported making something with flour before becoming ill, and some of them specified General Mills products as the brands they used, the company said in a news release.
“To date E. coli O121 has not been found in any General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility, and the company has not been contacted directly by any consumer reporting confirmed illnesses related to these products,” General Mills said, adding that some of the sickened individuals may have also consumed raw dough or batter. Eating raw dough or batter that is not recommended, and should be kept out of reach of children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The recall includes Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour and Signature Kitchens flour. All 3 brands were sold at Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls and Acme retailers. Click here for a complete list of products affected by the recall.
Consumers who have purchased recalled flour should not use it, and contact General Mills with any questions. Signs and symptoms of E. coli food poisoning may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever that can last for up to a week. Children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems have an increased risk of becoming ill from E. coli bacteria.
Rabbit Creek Recalls Baking Mix Products
August 15, 2016 – The ever-widening recall of General Mills flour products now includes more than 150 bread, brownie and muffin mixes made by Kansas-based Rabbit Creek Products, according to News 8 WTNH. Affected mixes were distributed nationwide online and in retail stores from December 2015 to February 2016. Rabbit Creek is urging consumers to destroy any recalled products and return the label for a refund.
Flour Recall Expanded After More E. Coli Reports
July 27, 2016 – General Mills is expanding its flour recall again after the company confirmed 4 new E. coli associated with its products. The illnesses were reported by customers who ate or improperly handled raw dough or batter made with the affected flour. Click here to view a complete list of products affected by the recall.
Krusteaz Pancake Mix, Betty Crocker Cake Mixes Latest to be Affected by Flour Recall
July 12, 2016 – Continental Mills’ Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix and 3 flavors of Betty Crocker cake mixes are the latest products to be implicated in the ongoing General Mills flour recall, according to FOX News. Affected products include:
- Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix
- Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
- Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix
- Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix (Canada only)
Flour Recall Expanded Across Pacific; Source of E. Coli Remains Illusive
July 8, 2016 – Less than a week after General Mills tripled the size of its flour recall — now around 30 million pounds — Chinese officials warned consumers in that country to stop using certain bags of Gold Medal Flour because of a threat of potential E. coli contamination. However, unlike the expanded recall notice posted on FDA’s website, the warning from China’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) failed to mention that the flour is linked to an ongoing outbreak that has sickened at least 42 people in 21 U.S. states.
The investigations in the U.S. and China are ongoing, and most of the recalled flour was sold in the U.S., but “a small amount” went to exporters who may have sold it to retailers outside the U.S., according to a General Mills spokesman.
Missouri Plant Likely Source of E. Coli Outbreak, Authorities Say
June 13, 2016 – Food safety regulators believe that a General Mills plant in Kansas City, MO., is the likely source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened dozens of people across 20 states in recent months, according to Reuters. An FDA investigation determined that flour produced at the facility during a single week last November was linked to raw dough eaten or handled by sickened people or used in restaurants.
Two Strains of E. Coli Found
Officials have identified at least 2 separate strains of E. coli bacteria linked to the flour recall which produce a toxin that can make people sick. In past outbreaks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has investigated several multi-state outbreaks of these E. coli strains linked to sources such as sprouts, but never raw flour.
How Did the Bacteria Get Into the Flour Supply?
The CDC and FDA are still investigating how the E. coli contaminated the flour. The bacteria lives in animal intestines and is most commonly spread through fecal contamination. Flour is derived from wheat grown in open fields and is considered a raw agricultural product with no treatment process designed to kill bacterial pathogens before it is sold to consumers. As a result, there’s a potential for contamination between the field and packaging, according to the CDC.
Do I Have a Gold Medal Flour Recall Lawsuit?
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Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were sickened by General Mills flour, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a food poisoning suit and we can help.