General Mills has expanded its flour recall for a second time after four more people have gotten sick with E. coli. The recall now includes flour with select production dates through February 10, 2016.
The four most recent cases of E. coli that were connected with flour all happened in Minnesota and bring the total number of those affected to 46. The victims live in 21 states, including Washington. Eleven people have been hospitalized. Illnesses occurred between Dec. 21, 2015, and June 8, 2016.
General Mills said in a press release that no one got sick from consuming flour that was cooked or baked, only from eating raw flour or uncooked dough containing flour.
Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli O121 is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.
The recall affects the retail flour products listed here. If you have any of the products on your shelves, they should be thrown away. Consumers with additional questions or requesting a replacement should contact the company at 800-230-8103.