Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner.
General Mills is cooperating with health officials in an ongoing E. coli O121 investigation
and voluntarily recalling
Gold Medal flour,
Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour. Research into 38 occurrences of illnesses
in 20 states between December 21, 2015, and May 3, 2016, is being conducted
by state and federal authorities. "While attempting to track the
cause of the illness,
CDC found that approximately half of the individuals reported making something
homemade with flour at some point prior to becoming ill. Some reported
using a General Mills brand of flour."
Some of those who became ill reported that they had consumed raw dough
or batter. "Consumers are reminded to not consume any raw products
made with flour. Flour is an ingredient that comes from milling wheat,
something grown outdoors that carries with it risks of bacteria which
are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling. Consumers are reminded
to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact
with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter."
"Although most strains of
E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick.
E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea
and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised
immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician. Anyone
diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to
E. coli O121 is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.
The recall affects the following retail flour products that could be currently
in stores or in consumers’ pantries. It includes six SKUs (stock
keeping units or UPC codes) of
Gold Medal flour, 2 SKU’s of Signature Kitchens flour and 1 SKU of
Gold Medal Wondra flour.
- If you have any of the products listed below, they should not be used.
visit this page to ask additional questions of our consumer relations team or you can
also call us at 1-800-230-8103
For additional information on this recall, please visit the
General Mills blog.
Media can reach the General Mills communications team at 763-764-6364 or at
Food poisoning has the potential to be an extremely serious and dangerous
illness, sometimes even causing death. Consumers should always take any
food poisoning illness seriously and follow recall instructions. I have
extensive experience assisting clients who have suffered from food poisoning
in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and throughout the country.
Other law firms routinely refer food poisoning cases to me.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial
Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan
Washington, D.C. The association recently named him "Trial Lawyer
of the Year".
Super Lawyers recently named him among the "Top Ten" lawyers in the Metro
Area (out of more than 80,000 attorneys). He has been rated by
Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 100″ lawyers
in the entire metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as "one
of Washington's best-most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes
in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises
liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims.
He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies,
the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile
owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever
in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged
as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by
Best Lawyers (2014 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by
Super Lawyer magazine (2014) - national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.