General Mills Recalls Flour Over Possible Link To E.coli Outbreak

May 31 (Reuters) - General Mills Inc on Tuesday issued a voluntary recall of about 10 million pounds of flour, saying it was working with health officials to investigate an outbreak of E. coli that had sickened 38 people in 20 U.S. states. The bacteria strain behind the outbreak has not been found in any of General Mills' Gold Medal, Wondra and Signature Kitchens flour or their manufacturing plant, the company said. Consumers have not contacted it directly to report any illnesses, the Minneapolis-based company added. "Out of an abundance of caution, a voluntary recall is being made," General Mills said. U.S. and state health authorities are probing an outbreak of E. coli O121 from Dec. 21 to May 3, General Mills said. The potentially deadly strain can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration, mostly among the elderly, very young children and people with weak immune systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about half of the 38 sickened people reported cooking with flour before becoming ill, General Mills said. About half of this group reported using a General Mills brand, a company spokesman said in a phone interview. Additional recall information can be found at www.generalmills.com/flour. Kashi Co, owned by General Mills' rival Kellogg Co, also announced a recall of one variety each of its granola and granola bars on Tuesday. Kashi said the bars contained ingredients made from sunflower seeds distributed by SunOpta that had the potential to b...
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Source: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Bacteriology Source Type: research
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Source: LWT Food Science and Technology - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
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Source: Food Microbiology - Category: Food Science Authors: Tags: Food Microbiol Source Type: research
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Source: MMWR Surveill Summ - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Tags: MMWR Surveill Summ Source Type: research
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Source: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
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Source: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
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