On Monday, General Mills announced an expansion of their current flour recall after four new illnesses were reported. These confirmed illnesses are believed to be linked to a possible E. coli contamination in the brand's several flour varieties.
Brands included in this expanded recall include Wondra, Gold Medal, and Signature Kitchens. Previously, General Mills recalled flour with production dates ranging from November 4, 2015 through December 4, 2015. Yesterday's expansion news extends the production date to February 10, 2016. Best-if-used-by dates now extend to August 2017. A full list of recalled products can be found at www.generalmills.com/flour.
In May, General Mills announced a recall of 10 million pounds of flour after several people reported being sickened by E. coli.
As part of their recall efforts, General Mills recalled several packaged foods, too, including Betty Crocker Cake Mixes. Krusteaz's Blueberry Pancake Mix was also recalled because of possible contamination in the mix's blueberries. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that the contamination began in a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Missouri.
The CDC says 46 people have been infected, and 13 have been hospitalized. One person experienced a type of kidney failure from the infection. No deaths have been reported.
General Mills urges customers to never eat uncooked batter or dough made with raw flour. No illnesses have been linked to consuming flour after it was properly cooked or baked. The CDC recommends consumers do not use the recalled flours, even if they're cooking the food. General Mills is currently trying to find out "if this is an issue isolated to General Mills’ flour, or if this is an issue across the flour industry.”