It might be time to toss your flour.
General Mills announced on Tuesday that it would be recalling 10 million pounds of their brand’s flour under suspicion that it might contain a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria. On Friday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and General Mills announced that the recall was expanding after four more people got sick from the flour. This brings the total number of illnesses caused to 42 in at least 21 states.
“Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick,” the General Mills website says. “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.”
The Gold Medal Flour warning has expanded and now other versions of the brand are being recalled.
“Flour is an ingredient that comes from milling wheat, something grown outdoors that carries with it risks of bacteria which are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling,” the company said in a press release. “Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter.”
The recall includes: Gold Medal and Signature Kitchen brands. For a complete list of all flour being recalled, click here.