Don't eat the cookie dough: General Mills recalls more flour products


General Mills is recalling more flour due to an E. coli outbreak linked to some of its products.

The Minnesota company first issued a recall on about 10 million pounds of flour in May. By then, 38 people across the U.S. had been infected. About half those people reported using flour, and some said they had used a General Mills product.

Since then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says four more people have gotten sick.

Only three of the 42 cases have been in Minnesota, though.

Now General Mills is recalling Gold Medal, Wondra, and Signature Kitchens flour that was produced last fall and might still be in customers' pantries.

For a list of recalled products, click here.

Don't eat cookie dough

If you're ever tempted to eat raw cookie dough or brownie batter, ask yourself: Is it worth getting sick and dealing with stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting for a week?

That's what E. coli can do to you.

This particular strain can even cause kidney failure or death, the Food and Drug Administration says. And while no deaths have been reported at this time, the sickness has landed 11 people in the hospital.

Getting E. coli from flour is easily preventable, though. Just don't eat it raw.

That means no cookie dough or brownie batter.

Even if a product is infected, the FDA says heat from cooking, baking, frying, etc. will kill the bacteria and make it safe.

Every year, about one in six Americans will get a sick and about 3,000 will die of a food borne illness, the CDC says.

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