First we told you about a massive General Mills flour recall, due to possible E. Coli contamination. Then, we informed you that the recall had been expanded to include two popular flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix. Now we've learned that General Mills is expanding its recall to include more production dates because of the flour causing foodborne illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, four more people in two states, Minnesota and Wisconsin, have fallen ill after eating tainted products. And now another form of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC O26), has been detected in a sample of General Mills flour. Eating uncooked foods containing STEC 026 can have serious side effects. In fact, one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, as a result.
Since the start of the recall in May, the CDC reports that 46 people in 21 states were infected with either STEC O121 or STEC O26. Thirteen were hospitalized. According to CNN, the youngest patient to be sickened is just 1 year old.
Go to the General Mills website to see a complete list of the products, ranging from flour to cake mix, that are being recalled. The expansion includes select production dates through February 10, 2016. (The last recall only included production dates of between November 4, 2015, and December 4, 2015.)
If your pantry contains a recalled product, dispose of it right away, and contact the company for a replacement by calling 1-800-230-8103.
The CDC has used this scary recall as an opportunity to remind people never to eat uncooked cookie dough or cake batter—and to never allow kids to eat it either—and to thoroughly wash hands, surfaces, and cooking utensils that came in contact with raw dough.
It's important to point out that no illnesses have resulted from eating cooked cookies or cakes containing the flour.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.