General Mills expands flour recall

By Spencer Chase

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WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - General Mills is expanding its recall of raw flour to include flour produced on more dates after new illnesses possibly linked to the product were reported. This is the third time that the recall, first announced in May, has been expanded.

In an announcement on the company's website, General Mills said the recall includes raw flour two kinds of cake mixes. Previously announced recalled flour production dates ranged from Nov. 4 through Dec. 4, 2015. The expansion announced today includes select production dates through Feb. 10, 2016. 

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A General Mills release says several subtypes of E.coli have been detected “in a small number of General Mills flour samples.”

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The release added that it's not currently known “if we are experiencing a higher prevalence of E. coli in flour than normal, if this is an issue isolated to General Mills' flour, or if this is an issue across the flour industry.”

Consumers are advised that there have been no issues with fully cooked products, and the reported illnesses appear to have come as a result of eating or handling uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour.

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