General Mills said the recalls were announced in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials investigating a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O121. The company said traces of E. coli O121 have been positively identified in flour samples.
“The recall is being expanded due to a newly reported illness that appears to have stemmed from the consumption of raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall,” General Mills said. The company said it is now recalling older flour that may still be in consumer pantries.
Recalled product includes Wondra flour that includes packages with “better if used by dates” of February 2017; Gold Medal, May 2017 and June 2017; and Signature Kitchens, May 2017.
In late May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the Kansas City, Missouri, U.S., flour mill of General Mills as the “likely source” of an outbreak of E. coli O121 linked to flour. At the time, 38 people in 20 states were said to have been infected with the outbreak strain between Dec. 21, 2015, and May 3, 2016. Ten of the people were hospitalized, no one had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, and no deaths had reported.