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General Mills Expands Massive Flour Recall After Even More Illnesses

The recalled flour and cake mixes likely contain a sickening strain of E. coli.

General Mills has expanded its massive flour recall after four more people reported sickness from E. coli likely found in the baking product.

Forty-six people have been sickened so so far during a flour recall that just won’t quit. General Mills first recalled about 10 million pounds of flour in May, saying it could be linked to a breakout of E. coli. Then, this month, they recalled select flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix for the same reason.

This week’s additional recall includes even more flour sold under the brand names Gold Medal, Wondra and Signature Kitchens.

General Mills says some of the flour may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, which can case diarrhea and abdominal cramps if ingested. Young children and elderly people are especially at risk, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The recalled flour products were sold nationwide. So far, 46 people in 21 states have reported illnesses likely linked to the recall. General Mills says these illnesses have come from eating raw dough or batter, not from flour that has been properly baked or cooked.

Last month, the FDA warned Americans anew against the dangers of eating raw cookie dough, specifically because of the E. coli breakout and its subsequent flour recall. If you’ve purchased any of the recalled flour products, they recommend throwing them away immediately.

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