General Mills Baking Flour Recall Expands Further [US]


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US/Silver Spring: General Mills Baking Flour Recall Expands [US]General Mills expands its existing recall for numerous batch/lots of Baking Flour due to suspected E.coli contamination, a serious health hazard. Four (4) new confirmed illnesses. FDA: http://ht.ly/tCc6302Dmjp

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm513288.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Baking Flour are subject to this recall:

  • 13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra
    Package UPC: 000-16000-18980
    Recalled better-if-used-by date code: 14MAY2017PK
  • 2-pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
    Package UPC: 000-16000-10710
    Recalled better-if-used-by date codes: 18JUN2017KC, 01AUG2017KC, 13AUG2017KC through 21AUG2017KC
  • 10-pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
    Package UPC: 000-16000-10410
    Recalled better-if-used-by date codes: 18JUN2017KC, 01AUG2017KC
  • 5-pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
    Package UPC: 000-16000-10610
    Recalled better-if-used-by date codes: 18JUN2017KC, 01AUG2017KC, 13AUG2017KC through 21AUG2017KC
  • 5-pound Gold Medal Self Rising Flour
    Package UPC: 000-16000-11610
    Recalled better-if-used-by date codes: 27OCT2016KC
  • 4.25-pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
    Package UPC: 000-16000-12670
    Recalled better-if-used-by date codes: 01AUG2017KC, 19AUG2017KC, 20AUG2017KC, 21AUG2017KC
  • 5-pound Gold Medal Unbleached Flour
    Package UPC: 000-16000-19610
    Recalled better-if-used-by date codes: 01AUG2017KC, 14AUG2017KC, 15AUG2017KC, 16AUG2017KC, 17AUG2017KC, 19AUG2017KC, 20AUG2017KC
  • 2-pound Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached
    Package UPC: 000-21130-53000
    Recalled better-if-used-by date codes: BB 15 AUG 2017, BB 16 AUG 2017
  • 5-pound Signature Kitchens Unbleached Flour All Purpose Enriched
    Package UPC: 000-21130-53022
    Recalled better-if-used-by date code: BB 01 AUG 2017

According to the FDA, due to four (4) new confirmed illnesses, General Mills is adding additional flour production dates to the previously announced US retail Flour recall originally announced on or about May 31, 2016.

The illnesses reported to health officials continue to be connected with consumers reporting that they ate or handled uncooked dough or ate uncooked batter made with raw Flour. No illnesses have been connected with Flour that has been properly baked, cooked or handled.

The addition of new flour production dates is the result of General Mills conducting flour testing and new information from health officials who are using new whole genome sequencing techniques to trace illnesses. E.coli of several sub-types have been detected in some General Mills Flour samples and some have been linked to new patient illnesses that fell outside of the previously recalled dates.

==> For information about E. Coli Poisoning, please consult the “Illnesses” tab on this site, located at the top of this page.

Additional background:
Flour is a raw ingredient that is intended to be cooked or baked. Flour is made from wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria are often present and the normal flour milling process does not remove these bacteria.

In order for severe E. coli illness to occur from flour, all three of the following things have to happen:

  1. The flour you’re using has to contain the sub-types of E.coli that can make you sick.
  2. You have to eat raw dough, batter or other uncooked food made with the Flour, or handle the raw dough and not wash your hands, utensils and/or preparation surfaces.
  3. Your individual health characteristics will impact if you get sick and how severely. Some people get mild symptoms and others become very sick. It is not always known who will get sick and who will not.

==> Consult your physician if you feel ill and think it might have been caused by the consumption of this food product. Be sure to tell your doctor your relevant history and why you suspect E. coli poisoning.

Previously announced recalled flour production dates ranged from November 4, 2015 through December 4, 2015. This further expanded recall includes additional production dates through February 10, 2016. The new recall applies only to the specific product and date codes listed above.

==> Never depend on your senses of sight, smell, taste or touch to confirm food poisoning or contamination. If in doubt about the safety of any food, return it to your retailer for refund or toss it out in your household garbage, making sure pets and small children can’t access the suspect food.

Please note: this recall is a further expansion of an existing recall that includes additional batch/lots and production dates of the same General Mills Baking Flours. To see all notifications regarding this recall, please search for “General Mills” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

If you have any questions about this recall, please contact the company at 1-800-230-8103 or on the Web at http://www.generalmills.com/.

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by suspected E. coli contamination, please search for “E. coli” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls and notifications relating to Baking Flour, please search for “flour” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

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Additional information about this recall:
Recalls Direct RIN: 7357-2016
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