General Mills recalls flour after possible link to E. coli outbreak

(Courtesy: General Mills via WTEN)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WKRN) – General Mills is voluntarily recalling three types of flour as they work with health officials to investigate an ongoing, multi-state E. coli outbreak.

According to the company, 38 people have gotten sick across 20 states related to E. coli O121 between December 21, 2015 and May 3, 2016.

While tracking the illness, the Centers for Disease Control found about half the individuals reported making something homemade with flour prior to becoming ill. Some reported using a General Mills brand of flour.

“As a leading provider of flour for 150 years, we felt it was important to not only recall the product and replace it for consumers if there was any doubt, but also to take this opportunity to remind our consumers how to safely handle flour,” said Liz Nordlie, president of General Mills Baking division.

Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

The specific products in the recall include:

  • 13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra

Package UPC 000-16000-18980

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25FEB2017 thru 30MAR2017

wondra flour package

  • 2 poundGold Medal All Purpose Flour

Package UPC 000-16000-10710

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC thru 03JUN2017KC

  • 5 poundGold Medal All Purpose Flour

Package UPC 000-16000-10610

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC thru 31MAY2017KC, 01JUN2017KC, 03JUN2017KC thru 05JUN2017KC, 11JUN2017KC thru 14JUN2017KC

  • 10 poundGold Medal All Purpose Flour

Package UPC 000-16000-10410

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 02JUN2017KC,03JUN2017KC

  • 10 pound Gold Medal  All Purpose Flour- Banded Pack

Package UPC 000-16000-10410

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 03JUN2017KC, 04JUN2017KC, 05JUN2017KC

gold medal all purpose 5 pound

  • 5 poundGold MedalUnbleached Flour

Package UPC 000-16000-19610

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC, 03JUN2017KC, 04JUN2017KC

gold medal unbleached 5 pound

  • 5 pound Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached

Package UPC 000-21130-53001

Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB MAY 28 2017

signature bleached 5 pound

  • 5 pound Signature Kitchens Unbleached Flour All Purpose Enriched

Package UPC 000-21130-53022

Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB MAY 27 2017


signature unbleached 5 pound
  • 2 poundGold MedalSelf Rising Flour

Package UPC 000-16000-11710

Recalled Better if Used by Dates 23AUG2016KC

self-rising flour

To date, E. coli O121 has not been found in any General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility and the company has not been contacted directly by any consumer reporting confirmed illnesses related to these products

If you have any of the products listed above, they should not be used. Consumers canvisit this page to ask additional questions of our consumer relations team, or you can also call at 1-800-230-8103.

For additional information on this recall, please visit the General Mills blog.

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