The General Mills Recall Just Got Even Worse

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By Cooking Panda

Fans of the manufacturer General Mills may remember that the company issued a major voluntary recall of all products sold under its Gold Medal Flour label earlier this year, in order to investigate an ongoing, multi-state outbreak of E. coli.

Now, due to four new confirmed illnesses, General Mills is adding additional flour production dates to the previous U.S. retail flour recall.

Initially, the recall included certain sizes of Gold Medal, Wondra, and Signature Kitchens brand flour that had been produced between Nov. 4, 2015 and Dec. 4, 2015. The updated recall has extended the affected production dates through Feb. 10, 2016.

The illnesses that were reported to health officials show a correlation with consumers who have reported to have consumed or handles uncooked dough and/or uncooked batter made with raw flour. Just as before, no illnesses have been connected with flour that has been properly cooked, baked or handled.

“At this time, it is unknown if we are experiencing a higher prevalence of E. coli in flour than normal, if this is an issue isolated to General Mills’ flour, or if this is an issue across the flour industry,” the company wrote in the press release.

“As a leader in flour production for 150 years, General Mills is committed to convening experts to work with government officials to learn more and create new protocols, if needed,” said General Mills President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Harmening. “Most importantly, we want all the avid home bakers out there to have peace of mind and know the most important thing they can do to keep safe is to not eat uncooked flour.”

Just as before, the company reminds consumers that flour is a raw ingredient, and is intended to be cooked or baked; because it is made from wheat and grown outdoors, the bacteria present in its growing conditions is not necessarily removed during the normal flour milling process.

You can find complete recall information at generalmills.com/flour, and view all of the updated product dates included in the company’s recall here.

Source: General Mills / Photo credit: Living Rich With Coupons

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E. Coli Has Killed More Of Your Dreams, This Time It’s Betty Crocker Cake Mix

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Thought that General Mills flour recall was over? WELL IT’S NOT, AND NO CARB IS SAFE.

And by that alarming sentence, we mean that you should probably throw out your Betty Crocker cake mixes because they’re made with — you guessed it — General Mills’ Wondra flour.

Betty Crocker ~Super Moist~ cake mixes recalled in the U.S. include the Party Rainbow Chip Mix (the one with pudding inside, I tearfully remind you) and the Carrot Cake Mix. 

If you’ve got either of these bad boys sitting on your shelf awaiting baking and frosting, you can at least contact General Mills consumer relations for a refund. But we understand money won’t make up for time away from cake. 

Check out the full list of recalled items here to be sure E. coli hasn’t killed more of your dreams.

Source: PopSugar / Photo credit: Betty Crocker

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General Mills Issues Voluntary Flour Recall Over Multi-State E. Coli Outbreak

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General Mills has issued a major voluntary recall of all products sold under its Gold Medal Flour label, in order to investigate an ongoing, multi-state outbreak of E. coli. According to the company’s statement, E. coli has not been found in any General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility to date.

“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, as written on the company’s recall statement.

Of the 38 recorded occurrences under investigation, the CDC found that approximately half of the individuals reported making something homemade with flour at some point prior to becoming ill; some of those ill consumers may have also consumed raw batter or dough, which General Mills does not recommend.

“Flour is an ingredient that comes from milling wheat, something grown outdoors that carries with it risks of bacteria which are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling,” states the company’s recall.

“Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter.”

While most strains of E. coli are harmless, E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that has been known to cause dehydration and bloody diarrhea; Seniors, infants, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to forborne illness.

If you are a consumer who is concerned about an illness, or have been diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli, General Mills urges you to contact state and local public health authorities.

Read the full General Mills recall statement here for a full list of products affected by the recall.

Sources: General Mills / Photo Credit: General Mills

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