General Mills expands Flour Recall after New Cases of E.Coli outbreak emerge

General Mills expands Flour Recall after New Cases of E.Coli outbreak emerge

After fresh reports of E.coli outbreak associated with flour marketed by General Mills, the company has expanded recall of its flour products. General Mills has warned people to avoid consuming raw flour. E.coli O26 is a second serotype of the pathogen. Health authorities have checked samples of General Mills flour and confirmed issue with some of the samples.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday afternoon said that four new confirmed cases of E.coli infections have been reported. The total number of incidents has risen to 49 cases in 21 states.

Though no one died, 13 people were hospitalized due to reported infection. One person in fact has developed the serious complication hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that is often fatal. Out of 49 people, first 42 have contracted E.coli O121.

Due to new cases of outbreak, General Mills has further expanded its recall of flour from 30 million pounds to two more months of production from its Kansas City, MO, plant. The recall now includes flour produced at the plant from November 4, 2015, through February 10 this year.

Whether the plant is operational is unclear. The recall is so far restricted to only three main brands of flour, Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens and Wondra. The complete list of recall products can be found online.

“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,” according to a news release from General Mills Monday afternoon. The news release advises consumers to exercise food safety in their homes.