All too often, food products are recalled over contamination risks before anyone falls ill. But in many other cases, consumers fall ill long before the company behind the potentially dangerous products issues the recall.
The latest food recall campaign associated with health-related issues impacts 10 million pounds of flour sold nationwide.
According to a series of news reports, the recall was issued after a six-month investigation carried out by health officials uncovered information pertaining to 40 people who fell ill in 20 states. At least half of those who fell ill claimed to have cooked with flour prior to falling ill. The bacteria associated with the recalled flour is a deadly strain of E. coli, known as E. coli O121. Experts say that while most strains of E. coli are harmless, E. coli O121 may cause consumers to experience bloody diarrhea and dehydration, which could lead to serious and even fatal consequences.
While General Mills has launched a recall after learning about the potential link between its flour and the illnesses, the company also claims that its product has not been contaminated. The company’s president used the opportunity to remind consumers about important safety steps they should take to prevent health-related issues associated with flour contamination. According to the executive, consumers should never ingest raw products made with flour. She also warned that since flou comes from wheat, which is grown outdoors, there may always be the possibility of bacteria exposure, but some steps such as always cleaning surfaces, utensils, and hands thoroughly whenever raw dough or batter comes in contact with them is essential. Also, refrain from consuming any type of raw products containing flour. Have them baked or cooked before consumption.
Consumers who are concerned about their safety are urged to check if they have Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, or Signature Kitchens flour in their pantry. While the company claims to have not found any contaminated flour in its facilities or in its packaged products, it decided to launch the recall campaign.
You may learn more about the details on this recall campaign by clicking here.
Since this recall campaign is associated with products that may have led to 40 cases of E. coli illnesses, consumers are urged to avoid ignoring this report. Contact the company if you’re concerned about your health and follow the safety steps experts are urging flour users to embrace. Taking these tips seriously could save your life and the lives of others.