Flour recall- Check your pantry!

July 15, 2016 | Communicable Disease, Food, Health

General Mills has recalled 8 million pounds of flour and products containing the flour due to contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 0121. Affected brands are “Gold Medal,” “Wondra,” and “Signature” brand flours. For a complete list of products and LOT numbers: http://www.generalmills.com/flour

wondrasignature-unbleachedBC_PartyRnbwChipMix-11

 

Check your pantry. If you have these products look at the “Use by” dates to see if your lot is included in the recall. If it is, throw away the product. Don’t forget to check you flour canister if it has been transferred from the bag.

Don’t eat raw batter, and clean all your baking equipment after use.

Anyone with bloody diarrhea should go see their doctor. The only way to identify the bacteria is through a stool sample.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), multiple states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating the multistate outbreak. Forty-two people infected with the strain of STEC O121 have been reported from 21 states. Local health departments have interviewed additional cases to inquire about flour exposures. http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2016/o121-06-16/index.html

Eleven ill people have been hospitalized. No one has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, and no deaths have been reported. Currently, Montana has 4 cases that may be linked.

CDC Advice to Consumers

  • Consumers should not use any of the recalled flour and should throw it out.
    • If you store your flour in another container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or better by date is, throw it out to be safe.
    • Consumers should thoroughly wash the containers before using them again.
  • Eating raw dough can make you sick.
    • Flour or raw eggs used to make raw dough or batter might be contaminated.
    • Bake items made with raw dough or batter before eating them. Follow the recipe or instructions on the package
    • Do not taste raw dough or batter. Even tasting a small amount could make you sick.
  • Clean up thoroughly after baking.
    • Wash any bowls, utensils, and other surfaces that were used when baking with hot water and soap.
    • Wash your hands with water and soap after baking.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have become ill from eating raw dough.
  • Restaurants and other retailers should not sell or serve any of the recalled flour.
    • If you store your flour in another container without the packaging and don’t remember what the brand or better by date is, throw it out to be safe
    • Restaurants and retailers should thoroughly wash flour storage containers before using them again.
  • Clean up thoroughly after baking.
    • Wash any bowls, utensils, and other surfaces that were used when baking with hot water and soap.
    • Wash your hands with water and soap after baking.
  • Always practice food safety for raw dough.
    • Do not give customers raw dough to play with or eat. It is not safe to eat or play with raw dough, whether made from recalled flour or any other flour.
    • Bake items made with raw dough or batter before serving or selling them. Follow the recipe or instructions on the package.