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

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

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

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

E. coli source remains elusive; General Mills recall spans Pacific

Five days after General Mills Inc. tripled the size of its flour recall — now at 30 million pounds — officials in China warned people there to stop using certain bags of Gold Medal flour because of possible E. coli contamination. Unlike the expanded recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, the… Continue Reading

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

Opinion

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

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

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

FDA finds outbreak strain of E. coli in General Mills flour

Federal officials have matched E. coli O121 from a sample of General Mills flour recovered from a sick person’s home to the outbreak strain that has sickened at least 38 people since December. The discovery is the smoking gun investigators have been looking for since late April when patient interviews revealed that raw dough made… Continue Reading

Recalled flour didn’t just go to retailers, restaurants

General Mills Inc. and federal officials have been working together to account for recalled flour that has been linked to an E. coli outbreak and that was sent to food producers in addition to retailers and restaurants. Neither the company nor government has included information about the flour sent to food producers in published recall… Continue Reading

CDC confirms E. coli outbreak linked to General Mills flour

Federal officials identified the current, ongoing outbreak of E. coli in February, but it took until late April for investigators to find the common denominators that led to General Mills’ recall of 10 million pounds of flour yesterday. As of this afternoon, 38 people across 20 states have been confirmed with the outbreak strain of… Continue Reading