If you have any General Mills flour in your cupboard, read this before you use it.
The company has expanded a flour recall it issued in May after four more people reported illnesses.
The updated recall includes certain UPC codes of Gold Medal Wondra Quick Mixing Flour, Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour, Gold Medal Unbleached Flour, Signature Kitchens All Purpose Enriched Bleached and Unbleached Flour and Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour. The affected products’ “better if used by” dates extend through August 2017.
Flour testing performed by General Mills detected E. coli and several sub-types of the bacteria. The local General Mills plant, which makes cereal, was not involved in the production of the affected products.
The latest illnesses were associated with consumers in Minnesota and Wisconsin who ate or handled uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour. Since the initial recall, 46 people from 21 states have been reported ill. One person has developed kidney failure and a total of 13 people have been hospitalized, according to the national Centers for Disease Control. The flour has been traced to a plant in Kansas City, Mo., the CDC said.
The earlier recall included certain Betty Crocker cake mixes along with 10 million pounds of flour.
Consumers are instructed to dispose of the product and contact General Mills or the store where it was purchased for a full refund.
E.coli infection symptoms can include stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and fever lasting up to seven days. The elderly, children, and those with compromised immune symptoms are particularly at risk for serious illness. For more information, call (800) 230-8103.