General Mills Expands Its Flour Recall Due to E. coli Fears
On May 31 of this year, General Mills issued a recall on 10 million pounds of flour across Gold Medal, Signature Kitchen, and Wondra brands due to fears that the flour might be contaminated with E. coli. On July 25, for the second time now, General Mills expanded this recall so it now includes 45 million pounds of flour with potential contamination across these three brands (see the full list of products here). The recall includes flour that was produced between November 4, 2015 to February 10, 2016.
There have been 46 cases of E. coli infections linked to flour contamination from General Mills since December. Thirteen people have been hospitalized, and one person is reported to have developed kidney failure. The most recent illness was reported on June 25.
In the recall announcement two days ago, General Mills urged consumers not to eat uncooked cookie dough or raw flour in general. According to their recall, none of the related illnesses have occurred when the “flour has been properly baked, cooked, or handled.”