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E. coli O121

CDC closes flour/E. coli investigation; expects more illnesses

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Federal health officials have concluded their investigation involving General Mills flour implicated in an E. coli outbreak that sickened at least 63 between December 2015 and now, but they say more people are expected to become ill. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention again urged consumers nationwide… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Breading mix recalled because of flour tied to E. coli outbreak

The recalled breading mix can be identified by the lot numbers circled in green.

UPDATED CONTENT 8:30 p.m. EDT — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has posted a recall notice for Golden Dipt brand jalapeño breader mix distributed in Alberta and possibly nationwide. The product distributed in Canada has similar labels with red printing as that distributed in the U.S. The recalled product in Canada can be identified by the UPC number 7… Continue Reading

UPDATED: General Mills pulls Betty Crocker mixes because of E. coli

These are two of the three Betty Crocker cake mixes under recall in the U.S. The third is a "Delights" version of the "Rainbow Bit" mix.

UPDATED CONTENT July 13: General Mills Inc. updated its recall notice, removing the regular version of its “Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix” distributed in the United States. Only the “Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix” and the “Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix” are being recalled… Continue Reading

Flour-related outbreak spurs recall of 22 tons of hors d’oeuvres

recalled Kabobs Acquisition

More than 22 tons of raw hors d’oeuvres such as chicken quesadillas, mini tarts and steak spring rolls are being recalled nationwide because they were made with flour linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Kabob’s Acquisition Inc. recalled the 28 different frozen, not ready-to-eat meat and poultry products Friday evening, according to a notice… Continue Reading

General Mills expands flour recall after more illnesses are reported

CDC update: 42 E. coli O121 cases in 21 states

These are three of several varieties and brands of flour recalled by General Mills in relation to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli.

General Mills announced Friday that it was expanding its recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour to include flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers’ pantries. The company, based in Minneapolis, stated that the recall is being expanded due to a newly reported illness which “appears… Continue Reading

FDA warns consumers against eating any raw dough or batter


At the 2010 International Association for Food Protection meeting in Anaheim, CA, speakers from such food giants as Nestlé and ConAgra went public with their concerns about the widespread practice of people eating not just raw cookie dough but even raw frozen pizza. That discussion, which was prompted by a severe 2009 E. coli outbreak, included… Continue Reading

Consumers had key to unlock E. coli outbreak linked to flour


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Editor’s note: This blog by FDA’s Stephen Ostroff and Kathleen Gensheimer was originally posted by the agency as part of its “FDA Voice” series on June 28, 2016. When many people buy flour, they empty it into a canister and throw out the bag. But three people at the center of a recent outbreak of… Continue Reading

Trade secret clause gags FDA on distribution of recalled flour

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“CCI” may look and sound like a primetime crime series, but it’s actually the abbreviation for a legal phrase blocking FDA from revealing what food companies received flour that General Mills later recalled after it was linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to comment on… Continue Reading

Bread mix recalled on fear of E. coli in one of its ingredients

recalled Molly and Drew brear bread mix

Although the company did not specify the ingredient or name the supplier, Molly & Drew has recalled some of its beer bread mix sold nationwide at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations because of possible E. coli contamination. The Sac City, IA, bread company posted the recall on its blog June 17, warning consumers to… Continue Reading

Flour could be pathogen-free, but industry, FDA must act now

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Dozens of people are recovering from E. coli infections in the midst of a recall of millions of pounds of flour linked to their illnesses, but nothing new is in the works to prevent such outbreaks in the future. Industry and government officials have expressed concern for the victims — 10 of whom had such… Continue Reading