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CDC Recall Information on General Mills flour
On May 31st, 2016 General Mills recalled bags of flour labeled Gold Medal Flour, Gold Medal Wondra Flour, and Signature Kitchens Flour due to possible contamination with the bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. coli). Forty-two cases of illness have already been reported in 21 states. Three of those cases were in Washington State. Eleven of the people were hospitalized but there have been no deaths reported at this time.
E. coli is a bacterium, not a virus. There are different strains of E. coli. For example, one strain typically causes urinary tract infections such as bladder or kidney infection.
A different strain called Enterotoxigenic E. coli produces a toxin (poison) called shiga toxin. This usually causes severe diarrhea (very often bloody stools) and stomach cramps. Fever may be involved as well as vomiting. Many people recover after a week of this illness. Some go on to develop a complication from this strain of E. coli. This severe medical condition is called hemolytic-uremic syndrome. The person goes into kidney failure. It is very serious and can lead to death.
Please, look at the report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). They provide directions to check any flour you may have purchased against the list of recalled lots.
Not every case of diarrhea is caused by E.coli. Should your child have symptoms of this disease such as diarrhea (especially with blood), abdominal cramps, and possible fever and vomiting, and then please, contact our office for an appointment.
Also, check the General Mills flour recall announcement on the General Mills company website. They too list instructions on checking the UPC code on your purchased product. If the UPC code matches the one on your bag of flour, they instruct the consumer to throw it out (even if you or your family is not ill) and to contact them for further information.
Grilling safety tips
Three out of five households own a gas grill, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there's an increased risk of home fires. Be careful - summer is the peak time for grill fires!