The FDA, CDC and state health investigators have found sufficient evidence to indicate that flour produced at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri is a likely source of a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 (referred to as STEC O121 by health officials), according to a CDC report. To date, the outbreak strain of E. coli O121 was isolated from samples of General Mills flour collected from the homes of ill people in Arizona, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

General Mills Gold Medal Flour - Open Bag

In early June, FDA laboratory testing isolated the outbreak strain of STEC O121 from an open sample of General Mills flour collected from the home of an ill person in Colorado. The flour came from a lot included in the initial recall dated May 31, 2016.

Flour Recall Expands

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Attorney Fred Pritzker has won millions for people sickened in E. coli outbreaks. He is licensed to practice in Minnesota, the state where General Mills has its corporate offices.

In late June 2016, FDA isolated STEC O121 from samples of General Mills flour collected from the homes of ill people in Arizona, and Oklahoma. The flour collected in Oklahoma was not included in the initial General Mills recall, thus prompting the company to expand the recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour. A list of the products included in the expanded recall is at the end of this page. For a full list of all General Mills recalled flour, please see the CDC Advice to Consumers page.

E. coli Outbreak Numbers Grow

The CDC initially reported that 38 people from 20 states were sickened in this E. coli O121 outbreak. Now, 4 more ill people have been reported from 4 states. The most recent illness started on June 8, 2016. One new state, Indiana, has been added to the list of states with ill people.

  • Forty-two people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O121 have been reported from 21 states.
  • Eleven ill people have been hospitalized.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 21, 2015, to June 8, 2016. Ill people range in age from 1 year to 95, with a median age of 18. Eighty-one percent of ill people are female. Eleven ill people have been hospitalized.

E. coli Flour Map 2016

 

 

The specific products in the recall include:

13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra
Package UPC000-16000-18980
Recalled Better if Used by Dates23FEB2017KC, 24FEB2017KC
2 lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC000-16000-10710
Recalled Better if Used by Dates15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 04JUN2017KC, 05JUN2017KC, 11JUN2017KC, 12JUN2017KC, 13JUN2017KC, 14JUN2017KC
2lb Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour
Package UPC000-16000-11710
Recalled Better if Used by Dates09AUG2016KC, 10AUG2016KC, 16AUG2016KC, 17AUG2016KC, 06SEP2016KC, 07SEP2016KC
10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC000-16000-10410
Recalled Better if Used by Dates16MAY2017KC through 20MAY2017KC, 05JUN2017KC
5lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC000-16000-10610
Recalled Better if Used by Dates15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC
5lb Gold Medal Self Rising Flour
Package UPC000-16000-11610
Recalled Better if Used by Dates10AUG2016KC, 11AUG2016KC
4.25lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC000-16000-12670
Recalled Better if Used by Dates21MAY2017KC, 03JUN2017KC
5lb Gold Medal Unbleached Flour
Package UPC000-16000-19610
Recalled Better if Used by Dates19MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 11JUN2017KC, 12JUN2017KC
10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour- Banded Pack
Package UPC000-16000-10650
Recalled Better if Used by Dates15MAY2017KC
2lb Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached
Package UPC000-21130-53000
Recalled Better if Used by DatesBB MAY 27 2017