Flour recalls in Georgia due to E. coli concerns

| June 6, 2016

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ATLANTA – The FDA, CDC and state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) infections.

The CDC reports that 38 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O121 have been reported from 20 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 21, 2015 to May 3, 2016. Ten ill people have been hospitalized. In its investigation, CDC learned that some people who got sick had eaten or handled raw dough.

FDA’s traceback investigation determined that the raw dough eaten or handled by ill people or used in restaurant locations was made using General Mills flour that was produced in the same week in November 2015 at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri. Epidemiology and traceback evidence available at this time indicate that General Mills flour manufactured at this facility is the likely source of the outbreak.

On May 31, 2016, following a conference call among FDA, CDC and the firm, General Mills conducted a voluntary recall of flour products produced between November 14, 2015 and December 4, 2015. Recalled products are sold in stores nationwide or may be in consumers’ pantries and are sold under three brand names: Gold Medal flour, Signature Kitchens flour and Gold Medal Wondra flour. The varieties include unbleached, all-purpose, and self-rising flours.

Flour has a long shelf life, and bags of flour may be kept in peoples’ homes for a long time. Consumers unaware of the recall could continue to eat these recalled flours and potentially get sick. If consumers have any of these recalled flours in their homes, they should throw them away.

Recalled products are currently sold in stores or may be in consumers’ pantries and are sold under three brand names: Gold Medal Flour, Signature Kitchens Flour, and Gold Medal Wondra flour. The recalled products were sold nationwide and include unbleached, all-purpose, and self-rising flours varieties.

The specific products in the recall include:

  • 13.5 oz. Gold Medal Wondra Flour with better if used by dates Feb. 25, 2017, through March 30, 2017
  • 2 lb. Gold Medal All Purpose Flour with better if used by dates May 25, 2017, through June 3, 2017
  • 2 lb. Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour with better if used by date Aug. 23, 2016
  • 10 lb. Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour with better if used by dates June 2, 2017, though June 2, 2017
  • 5 lb. Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour with better if used by dates May 25, 2017; May 27, 2017 through May 31, 2017; June 1, 2017; June 3, 2017, though June 5, 2017; June 11, 2017, though June 14, 2017
  • 5 lb. Gold Medal Unbleached Flour with better if used by dates May 25, 2017; May 27, 2017; June 3, 2017; and June 4, 2017
  • 10 lb. Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour – Banded Pack with better if used by dates June 3, 2017; June 4, 2017; and June 5, 2017
  • 5 lb. Signature Kitchens All-Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached with better if used by date May 28, 2017
  • 5 lb. Signature Kitchens Unbleached Flour All-Purpose Enriched with better if used by date May 27, 2017
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