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Consumers Warned to Avoid Flour Associated with National E. coli Outbreak
For Release: June 1, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has joined public health officials in other states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a nationwide outbreak of Escherichia coli O121 (E. coli) associated with certain General Mills flour products. As of May 31, a total of 38 cases in 20 states are linked to this outbreak, including two cases in Oklahoma.
Collaborative investigative efforts of public health and regulatory officials indicate that flour produced at General Mills’ Kansas City, Missouri facility is a likely source of this outbreak. General Mills recalled several different sizes and varieties of Gold Medal flour, Gold Medal Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchen flours due to possible contamination. Consumers should check their pantries for the recalled flour products located on the CDC website at http://go.usa.gov/cSXrd. The recalled products can be identified by the brand, size, better if used by date, and UPC number.
Specific recommendations regarding the recall:
Symptoms of the illness include fever, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In young children, persons with underlying medical conditions, or those with weakened immune systems, the disease can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections including hemolytic uremic syndrome. Individuals who have recently handled or consumed products containing raw flour and who have experienced any of these symptoms within two to 10 days should contact their health care provider.
For more information, please visit the OSDH website.
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