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Flour Recall Lawsuit

Flour Recall Lawsuit

In 2019, multiple recalls were issued for several flour products after an outbreak of E. coli infected at least 17 people.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting flour induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with E. coli, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: King Arthur Expands Flour Recall

In October 2019, King Arthur expanded a recall from June 2019 to include more bags of 5-pound and 25-pound Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to a risk of E. coli contamination. No reports of illnesses have been linked to the recalled flour. The flour was milled at an ADM Milling facility in Buffalo, New York and distributed nationwide.

Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour Recall

In September 2019, General Mills recalled certain 5-pound bags of Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour due to a possible risk of E. coli contamination. The recall was issued after a bag tested positive for E. coli O26. No illnesses were reported. The recalled flour has“best by” dates of September 6, 2020.

2019 Flour E. coli Outbreak

In May and June 2019, several types of flour were recalled because they may be contaminated with E. coli. The following products have been recalled:

Glass Jars of Cookie and Brownie Mix

  • On June 21, 2019, Brand Castle recalled 25-oz and 32-oz glass jars of cookie and brownie mix because it may be contaminated with E. coli.
ItemUPCLot #Distributed
Brand Castle Arctic Chill Chocolate Mint Cookie Mix6-54448-01035-2L6112618As potential retail product in OHIO as product samples only
Brand Castle Hot Cocoa Cookie Mix6-54448-01036-9L5111918To retail stores in Alabama, New York, South Carolina
Sisters Gourmet Million Dollar Cookie Mix6-54448-00002-5L2121818To retail stores in Minnesota, Missouri, New York
Sisters Gourmet Billion Dollar Brownie Mix6-54448-00017-931OCT2019BC8324To retail stores in Missouri, Utah
In the Mix Chocolate Mint Chip Cookie Mix6-54448-01081-9LM101518To retail stores in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska
Brand Castle The Grinch Sugar Cookie Mix with Sprinkles6-54448-01038-325JUL2019BC8324To Ohio

Pillsbury Best Bread Flour

  • On June 14, 2019, Hometown Food Company, a customer of ADM Milling Co., announced a recall of 5-lb. bags of Pillsbury Best Bread Flour with UPC Code 0 5150020031 5 and the following lot codes and use-by dates:
    • Lot Code: 8 342, Use-By Date: JUN 08 2020
    • Lot Code: 8 343, Use-By Date: JUN 09 2020

King Arthur Flour

  • On June 13, 2019, King Arthur Flour, Inc., a customer of ADM Milling Co., announced a recall of 14,218 cases of 5-lb. bags of King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour.
  • This recall was expanded in October 2019 to include 5-lb and 25-lb bags of flour.
  • You can identify recalled flour by looking for the following best-used-by dates and lot codes on the bag’s side panel, below the nutrition facts box:
    • Best Used By 12/07/19, Lot: L18A07C
    • Best Used By 12/08/19, Lots: L18A08A, L18A08B
    • Best Used By 12/14/19, Lots: L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C

ALDI Baker’s Corner All Purpose flour

  • On May 23, 2019, ALDI, in association with ADM Milling Co., recalled all 5-lb. bags of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour.
  • Recalled flour was sold at retail locations in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia

2016 Flour E. coli Outbreak

July 26, 2016 — General Mills is expanding a recall for potentially E. coli-contaminated flour after 46 illnesses in were reported in 21 states. The flour has tested positive for Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O26 and O121. Click here for a list of recalled flour.

Betty Crocker Cake Mix Recall — Two flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix have been recalled because the flavor chips (or bits) may contain flour that is contaminated with E. coli:

  • Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
  • Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix

Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix — A recall has been issued for Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix because the blueberries contain flour that could be contaminated with E. coli. Click here to read more.

Gold Medal, Wondra, Signature Kitchens, etc. — General Mills is expanding a recall for Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens, and Wondra flour after 4 more E. coli illnesses were reported. The recall includes flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers’ pantries. For a complete list of recalled products, click here to visit General Mills’ website.

General Mills is recalling Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens Flour because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121. Signature Kitchens flour was sold in Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls, and Acme.

General Mills said no products or manufacturing facilities have tested positive for E. coli. The recall was issued after health officials said approximately half of the people who were diagnosed with the outbreak strain reported baking something homemade in the days before getting sick.

What Should I Do?

Do not eat recalled flour, even if you have consumed some of it without getting food poisoning. You can bring it back to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

Never eat raw flour, dough, or batter. E. coli is killed by baking, frying, and boiling. You can also get sick by failing to wash your hands, work surfaces, and utensils. According to the FDA:

“Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician. Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli O121 is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.”

How Does E. Coli Get Into Flour?

E. coli is found in the intestines of humans and many animals. Flour comes from wheat, which is grown outdoors and can become contaminated by feces in dirty water.

Outbreaks of E. coli from flour are rare, but in 2009, an outbreak linked to raw Nestlé’s Toll House cookie dough sickened over 70 people in 30 states.

General Mills heats the flour used in its Pillsbury cookie dough to kill E. coli. However, raw flour used for baking is not heat-treated because it could impact performance and rising.

E. coli Food Poisoning

E. coli O121 is a dangerous strain that produces Shiga toxin. It typically causes illness within 2-8 days, and the illness usually lasts about a week. Symptoms may include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, and fever.

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

One of the victims developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Around 5-10% of people who are diagnosed with an E. coli infection develop HUS, which is a type of kidney failure that requires hospitalization. In severe cases, HUS causes kidney failure and death. The risk is highest for children under 5 years old, older adults, and people with underlying medical issues.

Do I have a Flour Recall Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting flour induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with E. coli, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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