In May alone, there were at least 20 different recalls of food products that were suspected of bacterial contamination. The products ranged from sesame seeds to salad dressings and the bacteria in question was listeria. Now another kitchen staple is being added to the list of contaminated foods, but this time the bacteria is E. coli.
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General Mills is voluntarily recalling Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens flour due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Although no E. coli has been found in any of the types of flour--from quick mixing to unbleached to all purpose--government health officials were investigating 38 food poisoning outbreaks in 20 states and found that half of the people who'd gotten sick remembered baking homemade treats with flour. That was enough for General Mills to act.
You can find out the product codes and best buy dates by going to the General Mills website (scroll down to see the products and codes). And remember, as tempting as it is to eat raw cookie dough or muffin butter, resist!
For other recent food recalls, click through the gallery below.
There's been a voluntary recall of sunflower seed snacks from various brands, including Planters, because of possible listeria contamination. For the states affected, go to the FDA for info. Click here for other listeria-related food recalls.