General Mills recalls even more flour, 5 sick in Minnesota


General Mills is expanding its recall of flour again, after a nationwide E. coli outbreak rose to 46 cases in 21 states, five of them in Minnesota.

This is the second time this month General Mills has expanded the recall since it began in May. Initially, the company recalled nine units of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour totaling about 10 million pounds sold nationwide.

The latest recall includes all the previous products including several Betty Crocker cake mixes.

You can see the full product list here. The Centers for Disease Control has also posted a list of recalled items along with more information.

E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, the CDC says.

Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician, General Mills said. Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.

Bake it to make it safe

The problem, according to General Mills, continues to be "connected with consumers reporting that they ate or handled uncooked dough or ate uncooked batter made with raw flour."

It adds: "No illnesses have been connected with flour that has been properly baked, cooked or handled."

General Mills is also reminding consumers that flour is a raw good which is meant to be cooked since the milling process doesn't necessarily eliminate bacteria picked up by grain in the field. So again, no more raw cookie dough. Once the flour is cooked, it is safe to eat, according to the FDA.

For more information visit General Mills' blog.

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