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Gold Medal flour recall grows

A number of Gold Medal and other General Mills brands are involved.
A number of Gold Medal and other General Mills brands are involved.

Sometimes you need a score card to keep up with food recalls. This summer, they just keep coming.

So let’s catch up on the big flour recall that’s been developing:

What’s being recalled: Five kinds of flour produced by General Mills, in several bag sizes and brand names. The list of names, and UPC codes are below. Four companies that make products from the flour also have been contacted: Marie Callender’s, Golden Dipt, Betty Crocker and Krusteaz.

Why: E. coli contamination. The people who have gotten sick have eaten the flour in raw form, such as unbaked cookie dough or batters, or handled the raw items. No illnesses have been reported by people who ate the flour in cooked form. Illnesses have been reported in 21 states.

Unknown: Whether it’s a higher occurence of E. coli in flour than normal, if it’s only related to General Mills’ products, or if it’s a problem across the flour industry.

What you should do: If you have the flours listed in the recall, you should toss them. And you should be extra careful about not eating raw doughs and batters.

The list, including new and previously announced flours:

Gold Medal Wondra, 13.5-ounce containers (UPC 000-16000-18980).

Gold Medal All-Purpose, 2-pound (UPC 000-16000-10710), 4.25-pound (UPC 0000-16000-12670), 5-pound (UPC 000-16000-10610) and 10-pound (000-16000-10410).

Gold Medal Self-Rising, 2-pound (UPC 000-16000-11710) and 5-pound (UPC 000-16000-11610).

Gold Medal Unbleached, 5-pound (UPC 000-16000-19610).

Gold Medal All Purpose Banded Pack, 10-pound (UPC 000-16000-10410).

Signature Kitchens All-Purpose Enriched Bleached, 2-pound (UPC 21130-53000) and 5-pound (UPC 000-21130-53001).

Signature Kitchens Unbleached All-Purpose, 5-pound (UPC 000-21130-53022).

Need more information? Go to generalmills.com/flour.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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