General Mills Recalls 10 Million Pounds of Flour

Cindy Ma
by Cindy Ma
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General Mills Recalls 10 Million Pounds of Flour

According to the Food and Drug Administration, General Mills is partnering with health officials to investigate a possible multistate E. coli outbreak in their flour products and flour manufacturing facility. Government authorities have been researching 38 cases across 20 states that may possibly be linked to the E. coli O121 outbreak between December 21, 2015, and May 3, 2016; about half of these individuals reported making something that involved flour at some point before becoming ill.

Although many strains of E. coli are harmless, contact with strains like E. coli O121 can lead to severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, dehydration and nausea/vomiting. Older adults, children and individuals with compromised immune systems are most at risk. To date, E. coli O121 has not been found in any General Mills products or at their flour manufacturing facility. General Mills has taken extreme precautions and voluntarily recalled more than 10 million pounds of flour while investigations continue.

The recalled flour was sold under the brand names Gold Medal, Wondra and Signature Kitchens, which are found in large grocery store chains Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaw’s, Vons, United, Randalls and Acme. Specific products in the recall include:

Specific Products in the Recall Include
  1. 13.5-ounce Gold Medal Wondra with “Better if Used by” dates: 25FEB2017 thru 30MAR2017
  2. 2-pound Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour with “Better if Used by” dates: 25MAY2017KC thru 03JUN2017KC
  3. 5-pound Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour with “Better if Used by” dates: 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC thru 31MAY2017KC, 01JUN2017KC, 03JUN2017KC thru 05JUN2017KC and 11JUN2017KC thru 14JUN2017KC
  4. 10-pound Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour with “Better if Used by” dates: 02JUN2017KC and 03JUN2017KC
  5. 10-pound Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour – Banded Pack with “Better if Used by” dates: 03JUN2017KC, 04JUN2017KC and 05JUN2017KC
  6. 5-pound Gold Medal Unbleached Flour with “Better if Used by” dates: 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC, 03JUN2017KC and 04JUN2017KC
  7. 5-pound Signature Kitchens All-Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached with “Better if Used by” date: BB MAY 28 2017
  8. 5-pound Signature Kitchens Unbleached Flour All-Purpose Enriched with “Better if Used by” date: BB MAY 27 2017
  9. 2-pound Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour with “Better if Used by” date: 23AUG2016KC

If you have flour from the listed brands, it’s recommended you throw away or return it to the grocer where you purchased it. Consumers with additional questions should contact the company on their online contact form or call 800-230-8103. Additional recall information can also be found at

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Cindy Ma
Cindy Ma

Cindy holds a bachelor’s in nutritional science from UC Berkeley. By sharing her knowledge of nutrition, Cindy aspires to empower others to reach their full potential by living a healthy lifestyle and embracing a positive body image. She enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, exploring cultures through food, and exercising with friends. Connect with her on Twitter.


4 responses to “General Mills Recalls 10 Million Pounds of Flour”

  1. Joseph Nielsen says:

    Stop eating raw flour and you won’t have this problem. SMH!

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  2. Doug Peters says:

    Great. And what do we do when we buy flower? We pour it into a big plastic tub and seal it with a tight lid so that ants, insects or mice can’t get to it. Then we throw away the the flimsy Gold Medal paper wrapper!

    And you can NOT go to the soulless corporate giant General Mills website, or any of its websites (like a Gold Medal website, if one exists) to check this out because if you even just access their website and use it, you are then agreeing to never suing General Mills and having the case arbitrated. Just accessing and using their website means that you agree to their Terms and Conditions of use, as reported by CNN last year, which includes not suing them and settling in arbitrage.

    Arbitrage officials always take the side of the corporate entity. And even when a corporation is found guilty and a settlement is reached in arbitrage, it is always significantly lower than any court would find, as courts are trying to teach the corporations NOT TO HURT THE PUBLIC, while a private third party arbitrator is still funded and beholding to the corporation that signs it’s services and pays their way.

    This is the kind of corporate irresponsibility that needs to be punished, because their own website can no longer be used as a source of safety and information, complicating matters even further, and representing possible criminal intent.

  3. Merle Walton says:

    Do you eat steak without cooking it at all? Why not? Because you’ll get sick and may die. Stop eating raw batter and dough! This is a RAW agricultural product. Flour needs to be cooked before eating it.

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