We have been warned for years not to eat raw cookie dough or cake batter, but it’s usually because of the presence of raw eggs in the batter. Now there’s a new reason and it has led to a major recall of flour from the General Mills company.
Yes, flour. Around 45 million pounds of flour, to be exact. That’s how much flour General Mills had to recall due to the presence of E. coli, a bacteria normally found in animal feces. This is the first known instance of raw flour being the cause of food-borne illness, as the 2009 E. coli outbreak was from prepackaged cookie dough.
The FDA has stated that the flour in question was produced at the Kansas City, Missouri General Mills facility between November 2015 and February 2016 and contained two strains of E. coli bacteria that can cause illness. These E. coli strains have never been found in raw flour previously, but have been associated with sprouts. The FDA and CDC are investigating how the E. coli could have gotten into the raw flour supply.
The symptoms associated with these strains of bacteria are abdominal cramps and diarrhea, although potentially fatal kidney failure has been reported, as well. General Mills states that they are elevating their cleaning protocols “out of caution.”
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