Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchens all recall flour products due to possible E. Coli contamination
East County News Service
May 31, 2016 (Minneapolis) - General Mills and health officials are investigating a possible E. Coli O121 outbreak in three General Mills flour brands.
The brands, Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchens are all being pulled from store shelves due to "an abundance of caution," General Mills stated on their website. E. Coli has never been found or suspected to have been found in any General Mills flour products until now.
38 illnesses across 20 states have occurred due to the bacteria between December 21, 2015 and May 3 of this year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) investigated the illnesses and found that at least half of the victims reported making food that contained flour. The victims also reported eating raw dough or batter.
The recalled best if used by dates of the flour brands affected are:
- Gold Bond Wondra: Feb. 25, 2017 - Mar. 30, 2017
- Two pound Gold Medal All-Purpose: May 25, 2017 - June 3, 2017
- Five pound Gold Medal All-Purpose: 25-27 May 2017, 1 June 2017, 3-5 June 2017, 11-14 June 2017
- 10 pound Gold Medal All-Purpose: 2-3 June 2017
- 10 pound Gold Medal All-Purpose Branded Pack: 3-5 June 2017
- Five pound Gold Medal Unbleached: May 25, 2017, May 27, 2017, June 3, 2017, June 4, 2017
- Five pound Signature Kitchens All-Purpose Enriched Bleached: May 28, 2017
- Five pound Signature Kitchens Unbleached All-Purpose Enriched: May 27, 2017
- Two pound Gold Medal Self-Rising: Aug. 23, 2016
E. Coli O121, unlike most strains of E. Coli, is deadly and can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the young and people with weak immune systems are most vulnerable to food illnesses.
Flour users are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough or flour and to never eat raw dough or batter. If you are concerned about a possible E. Coli infection, contact a physician. If you or a loved one is diagnosed as having E. Coli O121, you are urged to contact state and public health authorities.
For full details, visit http://www.generalmills.com/flour.