General Mills Issues Flour Recall Due to Fear of E. Coli -- What You Need to Know

flour recallIf you're about to do a little baking, you'll want to read this first. General Mills has issued a voluntary recall of 10 million pounds of its Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens flours due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Here's what you need to know.


The items in question are sold at Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls, and Acme. According to a press release issued by General Mills, so far, E. coli O121 has not been found in any of the company's flour products nor in the flour manufacturing facility. Further, General Mills hasn't been notified directly by any consumers to report illnesses related to these products.

So why has the company issued this recall? Both state and federal authorities are investigating 38 instances of illnesses across 20 states related to a specific type of E. coli (E. coli O121), that occurred between December 21, 2015, and May 3, 2016.

The Center for Disease Control learned that approximately half of the individuals reported making a homemade item with flour just before they fell ill. Some note that they used a brand manufactured by General Mills.

Also important to mention is that many report eating it raw -- perhaps as cookie dough or cake batter -- before it entered the oven, where the bacteria typically would have been killed.

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The recall includes six stock keeping units (SKU's) or UPC codes of Gold Medal flour, 2 SKU’s of Signature Kitchens flour and 1 SKU of Gold Medal Wondra flour.

Visit General Mills's website for specific information. If you think you may have the products in question, do not use them. If you have any questions or require further information, contact the consumer relations team at 1-800-230-8103 or via the website.


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