Federal health officials said more reports of food poisoning was reason enough to widen a recall of certain brands of General Mills flour. The recall now includes Gold Medal All Purpose Flour, Gold Medal Wondra Flour and Signature Kitchens Flour.
A statement from General Mills
said the recall was being expanded due to reports of new illnesses apparently stemming from the consumption of raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say, as of July 1,
"No one has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, and no deaths have been reported," but there were 42 confirmed cases of illness in 21 states, including 11 hospitalizations. No cases have been reported in Idaho, but confirmed cases were reported in Montana and Washington.
The CDC warns, "If you stored your flour in another container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or what the better by date is, throw it out to be safe. Consumers should thoroughly wash the containers before using them again."
Full details on each of the recalled products is available on the CDC website.