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General Mills Expands E. coli Flour Recall

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Food giant expands its flour recall for second time

General Mills expanded its massive product recall on July 25 due to a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections linked to flour.

The company originally recalled several sizes and varieties of its flour products due to possible E. coli contamination and then later, on July 1, expanded the recall to include more flour brands nationwide. This latest expansion on July 25 took place to include more production dates.

All told, more than a dozen different types of flour are included in the recall under the brand names of Gold Medal Flour, Gold Medal Wondra Flour, and Signature Kitchens Flour.

See the full recall list here. To compare images of packaging for recalled flour types, see the General Mills website.

Advice from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published detailed advice to both consumers and restaurants with tips on how to prevent the spread of E. coli from this flour recall:

-- Do not use any recalled flour. Throw it out.
-- Do not eat raw dough, including flour-based cookie dough.
-- Always clean up meticulously after baking with flour.
-- Practice good food safety for handling raw dough.
-- Contact medical professionals if and when E. coli symptoms appear.

Outbreak statistics

According to the CDC, there are currently at least 46 cases in 21 states -- including at least 13 hospitalizations -- associated with this flour recall.

There have been no reported deaths, but one E. coli stricken consumer developed a type of kidney failure. Illnesses tied to this recall began surfacing on June 25, 2016.

Investigations pending

The CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and various state agencies are all investigating this outbreak of E. coli infections. Traceback evidence points to a General Mills facility in Kansas City, MO as "a likely source of this outbreak," the CDC reported.

Matt Mills Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.