What You Need to Know About the General Mills Flour Recall
It seems like moms just can’t let their guard down for a second these days. Even something as innocent as cooking banana bread can be a health concern. That is, if you used General Mills flour to make it and licked the spoon clean before baking.
On May 31, 2016, General Mills issued a media release recalling three types of flour: Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchens. The company had realized that the flour products in those three lines were contaminated by E. coli O121. On July 11, 2016, two Betty Crocker cake mixes were added to the list. Then on July 25, 2016, the recall was expanded to include products that were produced through February 10, 2016.
How could this happen? What should you do if you’ve been affected? How do you know if you’ve been impacted?
Below is an overview of the recall information and next steps that consumers should take. If you or a family member have been impacted by the tainted products already, it may be best to contact a lawyer for food poisoning. These specialists understand the business regulations and laws that are meant to protect the rights and safety of consumers.
Why the General Mills Flour Recall is So Big
Over the last few months, a number of reports about the General Mills flour recall have been released. They paint a very clear picture that it’s a serious public safety concern.
One of the biggest issues is how widespread the problem is. General Mills is one of the largest food producers in the U.S. The consequences of the contamination are being felt across the country. As the investigation progressed, matters only got worse as the types of products and their production dates were expanded.
The General Mills Recall by the Numbers
- · 45 million pounds of raw flour recalled
- · 46 people have been infected to date
- · Infected individuals span 21 states
- · 13 people have been hospitalized
There have been repeated notifications about the recall because flour is a product that goes unused for long spells. By the time people get around to using it, they may have forgotten all about the recall unless there’s been a recent reminder.
Only General Mills products from the Kansas City, Missouri plant were contaminated. The recalled products include:
- 13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra – Better if Used by Dates 14MAY2017PK
- 2 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour – Better if Used by Dates: 18JUN2017KC, 01AUG2017KC, 13AUG2017KC through 21AUG2017KC
- 4.25 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour – Better if Used by Dates 01AUG2017KC, 19AUG2017KC, 20AUG2017KC, 21AUG2017KC
- 5 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour – Better if Used by Dates 18JUN2017KC, 01AUG2017KC, 13AUG2017KC through 21AUG2017KC
- 10 pound Gold MedalAll Purpose Flour – Better if Used by Dates 18JUN2017KC, 01AUG2017KC
- 5 pound Gold Medal Unbleached Flour – Better if Used by Dates 01AUG2017KC, 14AUG2017KC, 15AUG2017KC, 16AUG2017KC, 17AUG2017KC, 19AUG2017KC, 20AUG2017KC
- 2 pound Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached – Better if Used by Dates BB 15 AUG 2017, BB 16 AUG 2017
- 5 pound Signature Kitchens Unbleached Flour All-Purpose Enriched – Better if Used by Dates BB 01 AUG 2017
- 5 pound Gold Medal Self Rising Flour – Better if Used by Dates 27OCT2016KC
Stores Where Recalled Products Were Sold
- · Safeway
- · Albertsons
- · Jewel
- · Shaws
- · Vons
- · United
- · Randalls
- · Acme
What to Do to Prevent Illness
The only way to get sick from the contaminated flour is by consuming raw dough or batter. General Mills is urging everyone to be careful handling raw batter and dough. They also state that consumers should fully bake all foods before eating.
- · The first thing you can do is check your flour products to see if they are a part of the recall.
- · If you have bought one of the affected brands check the expiration date.
- · If it matches the dates noted above take a picture of the bag, UPC barcode, and Better if Used By Date.
- · Once you’ve documented the product, throw it away in a secure container.
- · If you no longer have the product packaging, consumers are advised to err on the side of caution and throw the flour out.
What to Do If You Bought Contaminated Flour
Did you buy contaminated General Mills flour? The company is trying to make things right with consumers by reimbursing people with replacement coupons. You can contact the General Mills Consumer Relations team at 1-800-230-8103 to request a coupon and get specific details on the recall.
If you or a family member became sick after consuming baked goods containing General Mills flour, there are legal actions that can be taken. People that can prove the tainted flour was used prior to an E. coli infection could receive financial assistance to cover the medical expenses, pain, suffering and related costs accrued because of the illness.