General Mills has issued a recall of 5-lb bags of Gold Medal flour that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall includes all 5-lb bags of unbleached flour with the better-if-used-by date April 20, 2020. The Minneapolis-based company said it issued the recall after the potential presence of Salmonella was discovered during a product sampling and it had not received any “direct consumer reports of confirmed illness” at the time of the recall.
Like any raw food, flour can become contaminated with bacteria. Recently, ConAgra Brands issued a recall four varieties of Duncan Hines cake mix after Oregon health officials found Salmonella Agbeni in a box of Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix during testing. A Salmonella outbreak included seven people in five states who were sickened by the same strain of Salmonella found in the cake mix.
Two years ago, Gold Medal flour was linked to an E. coli outbreak that sickened 63 people in 24 states. Ryan Osterholm, a lead attorney on Pritzker Hageman’s E. coli Team, represented some of those who were sickened.
In that outbreak, 17 people were hospitalized, one of whom developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a form of kidney failure that affects some E. coli patients particularly children under 5.
Investigators determined that the flour linked to that outbreak was produced at the company’s facility in Kansas City, MO. The case-patients who ranged in age from 1 to 95 years old, reported onset-of-illness dates ranging from December 21, 2015 to September 5, 2016.
“Thankfully there have not been any reported illnesses yet, however the problem remains the same,” said Osterholm. Both E. coli and Salmonella originate from fecal contamination. Somehow the flour continues to get contaminated. If we don’t find out how, it is bound to keep happening.”
Pritzker Hageman’s E. coli Team represents people nationwide who have been sickened by contaminated food. If you have been sickened, you can request a free consultation by calling 1(888) 377-8900. Or, use the form below.