September 26, 2016

Rabbit Creek Bread, Brownie and Muffin Mixes Recalled for E. coli

Rabbit Creek Products of Louisburg, KS  has issued a recall for bread, muffin and brownie mixes that may be contaminated with E. coli.  Click the preceding link to see the long list of recalled products. Consumers  who have purchased these products should not use them as E. coli can cause serious illness. The recalled mixes, sold under Rabbit Creek and other brand names, contain flour made by General Mills that has been linked to an E. coli outbreak. Two outbreak strains, E.coli O26 and E. coli O121 have sickened 46 people. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramping and diarrhea that can be bloody. These symptoms usually develop one to three days after exposure and last  about a week. Anyone who has eaten a product containing the recalled flours and develops these … [Read more...]

Five Minnesotans Sickened in General Mills Flour E. coli Outbreak

Five people in Minnesota have been sickened in the E. coli O121 and O26 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour. The outbreak case count now includes 46 people in 21 states. Thirteen of those ill persons have been hospitalized. One person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, and no deaths have been reported. Laboratory, traceback, and epidemiologic evidence indicate that flour produced at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri is a "likely source" of this outbreak. Two strains of E. coli bacteria have been found in the flour; E. coli O121 and E. coli O26. General Mills has expanded its recall of flour produced at that mill twice to include more production dates. Please look carefully at the list of recalled products to see if you purchased any. If you … [Read more...]

General Mills E. coli Flour Recall Roundup

The E. coli O121 and O26 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour has many people concerned. Since flour is such a ubiquitous product, any kitchen in the country could contain some flour that has been recalled. We have gathered all of the General Mills flour recalls and secondary recalls here so you can have one resource to make sure your kitchen is safe. We will keep this list updated. The first recall was issued on May 31, 2016. These are the products that were recalled at that time: Wondra flour was sold in 13.5 ounce containers with UPC 000-16000-18980 number and Better if Used by Dates 25FEB2017 thru 30MAR2017. The recalled Gold Medal All Purpose flour was sold in 2-pound packages with the UPC number 000-16000-10710 and  Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC thru … [Read more...]

General Mills Flour Outbreak Now Includes Two Strains of E. coli

The General Mills flour E. coli outbreak now includes two strains of the bacteria: E coli O121 and E. coli O26.  Initially, only one strain, E. coli O121, was linked the outbreak, which now includes 46 cases in 21 states. But, whole genome sequencing  tests performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified the second strain. Like their better-known relative E.coli O157:H7,  E. coli O26 and E. coli O121 produce shiga toxins that can cause serious illness. In this outbreak, 13 people have been hospitalized and one of them has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, (HUS) a life-threatening complication of E. coli infections that leads to kidney failure. The new finding prompted General Mills to expand its recall of flours possibly contaminated with E. coli. On May 31, … [Read more...]

Consumer Reports Details Ways You Can Get E. coli From Flour

Consumer Reports wrote an interesting article about five surprising ways you could get an E. coli infection from flour. With the news that General Mills has expanded their recall of flour associated with a multistate E. coli outbreak, and that the outbreak has grown, this information is valuable. Consumers have been told for years that it is not safe to eat raw cookie dough or raw cake batter. But did you know that the risk factor in those products isn't just the raw eggs? Raw flour is an agricultural product that should be cooked before you eat it. It can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria just like raw meats or raw fruits or vegetables. But did you know that modeling clay and play dough, ornaments made with flour, and paper mâché are also risky? There are many recipes in … [Read more...]

General Mills Flour E. coli O26 and O121 Outbreak Grows

The CDC has announced that the multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections linked to recalled General Mills flour has grown to include four more patients. Now 46 people in 21 states are sick. One person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) as a complication of their illness. General Mills has expanded its recall of flour products to include more production dates. To see all of the UPC numbers and "Better if Used by" dates of the recalled flour products and products containing the flour, please see "General Mills E. Coli Flour Roundup." The most recent illness started on June 25, 2016. An infection with another serotype of E. coli O26 has been added to the outbreak investigation. The Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria O26 was isolated from a … [Read more...]

General Mills Expands Flour Recall for E. coli Contamination

General Mills has expanded its recall of flour again, because four new cases of E. coli illnesses associated with their products have been confirmed. The original recall was announced on May 31, 2016. The recall was expanded for the first time on July 1, 2016. Now 46 people in 21 states have been sickened in this particular outbreak. The additional new flour production dates are the result of General Mills conducting flour testing and new information from whole genome sequencing (WGS) testing on the bacteria. Several subtypes of E. coli bacteria have been found in a small number of General Mills flour samples and some have been linked to new patient illnesses "that fell outside of the previously recalled dates," according to the news release. General Mills does not know if there is … [Read more...]

Golden Dipt Jalapeño Breader Recalled in Canada for E. coli O121

The CFIA is recalling Golden Dipt brand Jalapeño Breader in Canada because it may be contaminated with E. coli O121 bacteria. In the United States, the product was recalled because it was made using recalled General Mills flour. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Golden Dipt Jalapeño Breader in 4.54 kg packages. The codes on the product are 0414647003 and 0513647003 and the UPC number is 7 63089 72154 8. It was distributed in Alberta, possibly nationally, to hotels, restaurants, and institutions. Hotels, retailers, restaurants, and institutions should not sell or use this recalled product. Return it to the place of purchase or throw it away.   … [Read more...]

Marie Callender’s Cheese Biscuit Mix Recalled for Possible E. coli O121

International Commissary Corporation is voluntarily recalling Marie Callender's Cheese Biscuit Mix because it may be contaminated with E. coli O121. This product was made using recalled General Mills flour that is linked to a multistate food poisoning outbreak. No illnesses have been reported in connection to the Marie Callender's product. The recalled products are Marie Callender's 7 ounce and 14 ounce Cheese Biscuit Mix. the 7 ounce product has Best By dates of 3/22/17 and 5/17/17. The UPC number is 0-75968-14015-0 and Item number 14015D. It was sold in retail stores in Alabama, California, Washington, Utah, and Texas. The 14 ounce recalled product has a Best By date of 6/17/17 and the UPC number 0-75968-17011-9 and Item number 17011. It was sold only in retail stores in Stockton, … [Read more...]

Golden Dipt® Jalapeño Breader Product Recalled for Potential E. Coli

Kerry Inc., a food manufacturer based in Beloit, Wisconsin, has issued a recall for two lots of its Golden Dipt® Jalapeño Breader product, according to a news release issued today by the FDA. Kerry Inc. initiated the recall after it was notified by a supplier that two of the ingredients used in the product, a jalapeno nugget and a red bell pepper nugget, had been produced using flour from General Mills that was possibly contaminated with E.coil 0121. The two lot codes of Golden Dipt® Jalapeño Breader that have been recalled are found on the product’s white, 10-pound bag, with UPC number 763089721548 and Item Number G5620.690. The two affected lot numbers, printed along the bottom of the product label, are: 0414647003 and 0513647003. Complete product photos may be accessed here. These … [Read more...]

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