Continental Mills, the parent company of Krusteaz, is recalling boxes of their Light & Fluffy Blueberry pancake mix from retail stores nationwide. In its statement, the company explains they were notified by General Mills that the blueberry morsels in the pancake mix may be contaminated with E. coli O121, a more deadly and serious bacterium than most strains of E. coli.
The recall is triggered by the recent E. coli outbreak from General Mills flours. In June, General Mills voluntarily pulled bags of their Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens, and Gold Medal Wondra brands for the possible contamination. In total, General Mills has recalled approximately 30 million pounds of flour, including the pancake mix, from grocery stores.
According to the FDA, this current contamination only affects the Krusteaz blueberry pancake mix. Anyone who has purchased the mix since March 2016 should immediately throw away the product and can contact Continental Mills’ Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-457-7744 for information on a refund. The affected mixes come in a 28-ounce carton with best-by dates between March 2018 and June 2018 and a 3.5-pound bag with best-by dates of April 2018.
Right now, no illnesses from this blueberry pancake mix have been reported, but the General Mills flour outbreak has led to 42 people sickened in 21 states since June of this year.