General Mills expands flour recall for more dates back to last fall

Posted: 3:51 PM, Jul 01, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-01 15:51:25-04

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that General Mills has expanded its flour recall to include more dates going back to last fall.

The recall comes from a multi-state outbreak of E. coli.

The FDA said General Mills is recalling Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour and Signature Kithcens flour made last fall that may still be in pantries.

The specific products include:

  • 13.5 oz Gold Medal Wondra. UPC: 000-16000-18980. Use by dates: 23FEB2017KC, 24FEB2017KC
  • 2lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour. UPC: 000-16000-10710. Use by dates: 15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 04JUN2017KC, 05JUN2017KC, 11JUN2017KC, 12JUN2017KC, 13JUN2017KC, 14JUN2017KC
  • 2lb Gold Medal Self Rising Flour. UPC: 000-16000-11710. Use by dates: 09AUG2016KC, 10AUG2016KC, 16AUG2016KC, 17AUG2016KC, 06SEP2016KC, 07SEP2016KC
  • 10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour. UPC: 000-16000-10410. Use by dates: 16MAY2017KC through 20MAY2017KC, 05JUN2017KC
  • 5lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour. UPC: 000-16000-10610. Use by dates: 15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC
  • 5lb Gold Medal Self Rising Flour. UPC: 000-16000-11610. Use by dates: 10AUG2016KC, 11AUG2016KC
  • 4.25lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour. UPC: 000-16000-12670. Use by dates: 21MAY2017KC, 03JUN2017KC
  • 5lb Gold Medal Unbleached Flour. UPC: 000-16000-19610. Use by dates: 19MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 11JUN2017KC, 12JUN2017KC
  • 10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour - Banded Pack. UPC: 000-16000-10650. Use by dates: 15MAY2017KC
  • 2lb Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached. UPC: 000-21130-53000. Use by dates: BB MAY 27 2017.

The news release says state and federal authorities have been researching 38 occurrences of illnesses across 20 states related to a specific type of E. coli (E. coli O121) between Dec. 21, 2015 and May 3, 2016. The CDC found approximately half of the individuals reported making something homemade with flour at some point prior to being ill, and some reported using a General Mills brand flour.  

Based on information that has been shared with General Mills, some of the ill consumers may have consumed raw dough or batter, according to the news release. General Mills reminded consumers not to consume any raw products made with flour and to wash their hands, work surfaces and utensils after contact with raw dough products or flour.

According to the news release, E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

The news release says anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli O121 is urged to contact state and local public health authorities.