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Flour Recall Lawsuit

Flour Recall Lawsuit

General Mills has recalled 45 million pounds of flour after 46 people in 21 states were sickened with E. coli.

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: Recall Expands Again After More Illnesses

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

July 11, 2016 — 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 Recalled

July 9, 2016 — 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.

Flour Recall Expands – 4 More Illnesses Reported

July 1, 2016 — 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.

Flour Recall Issued After E. Coli Outbreak

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.

Why Was the Flour Recalled?

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.

List of Recalled Flour Products

  • Gold Medal Wondra (13.5-oz)
  • Gold Medal All Purpose Flour (2-lb, 5-lb, 10-lb)
  • Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour (5-lb)
  • Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour (2-lb)
  • Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour (5-lb)
  • Signature Kitchens Unbleached All Purpose Flour (5-lb)
  • Click here for UPC Codes and “Best By” Dates

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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