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General Mills recalls flour due to outbreak of E.coli

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Minneapolis, MN - General Mills is working with health officials to investigate an ongoing, multistate outbreak of E.coli O121.  The company has decided to voluntarily recall several of its brands of flour out of an abundance of caution.

Brands being recalled include Gold Medal flour, Wonda flour and Signature Kitchens.  To date, no E.coli O121 has been found in any General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility.

Cases of E.coli O121 have been reported in 20 states and the CDC found that approximately half of the individuals diagnosed said they were making something homemade with flour at some point prior to becoming ill.

General Mills reminds consumers not to consume any raw products made with flour.  Consumers should always wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter.

“As a leading provider of flour for 150 years, we felt it was important to not only recall the product and replace it for consumers if there was any doubt, but also to take this opportunity to remind our consumers how to safely handle flour,” said Liz Nordlie, president of General Mills Baking division.

E.coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration.  Anyone diagnosed as having an illness related to E.coli O121 is urged to contact local public health officials.

Consumers with additional questions are asked to call General Mills consumer relations at 1-800-230-8103.

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