An E. coli outbreak linked to Baker’s Corner flour sold at ALDI stores has sickened 17 people in eight states. ADM Milling has issued a recall for the flour which was sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Consumers who have purchased this flour should not use it as E. coli can cause serious illness and death. Three of the 17 people sickened in this outbreak have been hospitalized.
Health officials used genetic testing called Whole Genome Sequencing to identify the “genetic fingerprint” of the E. coli O26 outbreak strain. Cultures from all 17 people sickened match this fingerprint and so does a culture from a bag of flour collected from a bakery where some of those sickened reported eating raw dough.
The case-patients, who range in age from 7 years to 86 years old, reported onset-of-illness dates from December 11, 2018, to April 18, 2019. During interviews with health officials, they recalled eating or tasting raw batter or dough before they became ill. Two of them specifically recalled that the dough was made with flour or baking mix from ALDI.
New York and Ohio each reported five cases, Pennsylvania reported two. California, Connecticut, Missouri, New Jersey and Rhode Island each reported one case.
Outbreaks linked to flour are not uncommon. In 2016, an E. coli outbreak linked to General Mills flour sickened 63 people in 24 states. And last year, five Salmonella illnesses were linked to Duncan Hines cake mix.
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