Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Gold Medal Flour

Updated May 1 to include identification of the source as Gold Medal flour A Salmonella outbreak linked to Gold Medal flour has sickened 13 people in 12 states. Three people have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

General Mills, which makes Gold Medal flour, has issued a recall. Until today, the brand name of the flour causing the outbreak announced on March 30 had not been identified.

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Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Raw Flour

Health officials are using whole genome sequencing to identify illnesses included in the outbreak. Using this method, they can view the national database of genetic “fingerprints” of the Salmonella strains that have caused illnesses and look for matches. Matching fingerprints indicate that patients were exposed to the same source of contamination.

The illnesses occurred between December 6, 2022, and March 1, 2023.

The patients range in age from 12 to 81 years, old. Three of them have been hospitalized. During interviews with health officials, seven of the patients said they ate raw dough or batter before they became ill. Six of them remembered the brand name of the flour. All six said they consumed Gold Medal flour before becoming ill.

Gold Medal Flour Salmonella Recall

On April 28, General Mills issued a Salmonella recall for Gold Medal flour after product sampling found Salmonella Infantis in a 5-lb bag. The recall includes bleached and unbleached flour sold in 2-lb, 5-lb, and 10-lb bags with “Better if Used By Dates of March 27, 2024, and March 28, 2024.

Gold Medal flour Salmonella recall

Previous Gold Medal Recalls, Outbreak

2019 Gold Medal Salmonella Recall

In 2019, General Mills issued a Salmonella recall of 5-lb bags of Gold Medal flour. The recall included all 5-lb bags of unbleached flour with the better-if-used-by date of April 20, 2020.

2019 Gold Medal E. coli Recall

Months after the 2019 Salmonella recall, General Mills issued an E. coli recall for Gold Medal after the company discovered the bacteria in a 5-lb bag of unbleached Gold Medal flour during routine testing.

2015- 2016 Gold Medal E. coli Outbreak

From December 2015 to September 2016, an E. coli O26 and E. coli O121 outbreak linked to recalled Gold Medal flour sickened 63 people in 24 states. Seventeen people were hospitalized, one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening form of kidney failure associated with E. coli infections

Salmonella Lawyers with Experience

If you or a family member has been sickened by contaminated flour and you would like a free consultation with a Salmonella lawyer, please contact the Pritzker Hageman Salmonella Legal Team. Our attorneys have represented clients in every major Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. You can reach us by calling 1-888-377-8900, sending a text to 612-261-0856, or completing the form below. There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless we win.

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