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June 01, 2016

General Mills issues flour recall over potentially deadly E. coli contamination

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Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens flour recalled due to possible E. coli O121 contamination.

General Mills has issued a voluntary multistate recall on its flour after health officials found dozens of people who fell ill with a specific type of E. coli. Several victims recalled ingesting recipes made with General Mills flour.

The illness outbreak spans across 20 states from Dec. 21, 2015, to May 3, 2016, according to a press statement from General Mills. The press release didn’t list the exact states.

As of May 31, General Mills had not been contacted directly by any consumer reporting agency tp confirm illnesses related to its products. However, the company issued the recall as a precaution.

The brands of flour recalled are Gold Medal, Wondra and Signature Kitchens, which are sold in Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls and Acme stores.

The strain of E. coli detected, O121, is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration, especially in old and very young individuals.

View the full recall announcement here.

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