General Mills Recalled 10 Million Pounds Of Flour Due To An E. coli Scare

Flour is as essential to a cooking as fire is to a stove. So, when General Mills voluntarily recalls 10 million pounds of one of the most popular flour due to a possible E. coli contamination, it’s something we all worry about.

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General Mills is now working with health officials to investigate the source of what caused 38 cases of possible E. coli contamination across, “20 states between Dec. 21, 2015 – May 3, 2016,” according to a press release issued by General Mills on May 31.

General Mills characterized the recall as, “precautionary,” but warned consumers that the cause could potentially be linked to SEVERAL BRANDS of General Mills specific flour including, “Gold Medal flourWondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour,”

However, General Mills remains confident that “E. coli O121″ has yet to be detected in any General Mills flour-making facility.

“To date, E. coli O121 has not been found in any General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility, and the company has not been contacted directly by any consumer reporting confirmed illnesses related to these products,” according to the General Mills press release.

The Center for Disease Control reported that E. coli O121 can cause serious illness, and provided a list of some consumer precautions:

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The CDC also reported that although 10 people have been hospitalized, there haven’t been any deaths, nor cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure that’s often a worst-case scenario with E. Coli.

In order to protect consumers against this outbreak, General Mills listed each of the recalled selections of flour packages, with weight, package UPC and the “recalled better if used by dates” on their website.

Gold Medal Wondra All Purpose Flour

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Gold Medal All Purpose Flour

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Gold Medal All Purpose Flour — Unbleached

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Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour — Enriched

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Gold Medal Self Rising Flour

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If you have one of these packages inside your pantry at home, toss it quick, before it becomes a vulgar display of flour.

Fast Food

This Is Who Chipotle’s Blaming For Scaring Their Customers Away


Chipotle’s in the news again. No, people haven’t gotten sick from another outbreak of E. coli or norovirus. At least that we know of. Rather, the fast-casual Mexican Grill called out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a letter for scaring away their customers.

According to Chipotle’s lawyers, the CDC was too eager to update the public on all the food borne illnesses that happened at the restaurant chain. This led to unnecessarily intensifying the public’s concern.

While Chipotle admits that early announcements of all the outbreaks were important to public safety, the ones that followed were only scared patrons rather than provide further, or useful, information.

The CDC responded with a letter also, saying that they followed the guidelines to protect and inform the public during all the stuff that went down last year. They felt all the updates served a purpose as the threat was still “ongoing.”

Do you think Chipotle was right to call the government agency out? Or do you feel better being up-to-date with every detail that went down during the outbreaks?