This common baking ingredient just got a major recall for E. coli contamination
Some scary baking news — eating raw cookie dough might make you sick for reasons other than just… raw cookie dough.
General Mills made a major announcement on Tuesday that may affect your baking/eating dessert plans. The company is recalling 10 million pounds of flour due to concerns that the product might be contaminated with E. coli.
So far General Mills hasn’t found the strain of E. coli in any of their products or in the manufacturing plants, but they’re working with health officials to investigate the outbreak that has caused 38 people in 20 U.S. states to get sick between December 21st and May 3rd.
“Out of an abundance of caution, a voluntary recall is being made,” General Mills said.
The Centers for Disease Control found that half of the people affected by the outbreak reported cooking or baking with flour. And out of those people, half of them reported using General Mills products.
The voluntary recall affects Gold Meal, Wondra, and Signature Kitchen brands of flour. For a complete list of products being recalled, check out the General Mills website.
E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly strain of bacteria and can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration — mostly in the elderly, very young kids and people with weak immune systems.
So if you have any of the mentioned General Mills products in your pantry, you may want to toss them and purchase a new brand. For the sake of safety and dessert.