General Mills Issues Recall after Some Consumers Taken Ill by Contaminated Flour

General Mills voluntarily recalled several batches of its Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature flours on May 31. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) linked recalled flour to illnesses in 38 people in 20 states to E. coli O120, The New York Times reports.

According to the CDC website, ten people who fell ill have been hospitalized.

General Mills said, “Some of those sickened may have eaten batter or raw dough.”

The agency said, “In general, CDC recommends that people not eat raw dough or batter intended for cooking or baking, and children not be provided raw dough to play with. Some of those sickened may have eaten batter or raw dough. “People should use safe-handling practices when preparing such products, including following package directions for cooking at proper temperatures; washing hands, surfaces and utensils after contact with these types of products; avoiding cross-contamination; and refrigerating products properly,” according to the Times.

This most recent announcement was the latest of several voluntary food recalls. In May, the C.D.C. announced a recall of frozen vegetables that had been processed by CRF Frozen Foods. The foods had been linked to a listeria outbreak and was also found to be in products under a variety of brand names, reports the Times.

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