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Specific strand of E. Coli found in flour

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  • By Airman 1st Class Amanda Lundgren
  • 82nd AMDS Public Health Flight

 General Mills and Health Officials have collaborated and begun an

investigation of the ongoing, multistate outbreak of E. Coli 0121. The

specific strand of E. Coli 0121 may potentially linked to Gold Medal flour,

Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour. Research has been conducted of

38 occurrences of illnesses by State and Federal Authorities.


While most strains of E. Coli are harmless and are important for a healthy

intestinal track, others can cause illness. Some kinds of E. Coli cause

diseases when combined with bacteria that produce toxins. The specific

strain of E. Coli 0121 associated with this recall is a potentially deadly

bacterium that can cause illness.

Symptoms usually include diarrhea (often bloody), abdominal cramps, and

dehydration. People of any age are at risk of becoming infected. Very young

children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are more

likely to develop a severe illness.


Currently, E. Coli 0121 has not been found in any General Mills products or

in the flour manufacturing facility. Full list of products in this recall

can be found at


Customers or consumers who have purchased any of these products are

recommended to throw them away. For additional questions or requesting a

replacement, contact the company at 800-230-8103. Information regarding this

recall can also be found at


Public Health confirmed that Sheppard AFB facilities DOES carry these

products for sale. These products have been reported and removed off the

shelves. Consumers or customers who have questions about the above recall

may contact 82d AMDS Public Health Flight at (940) 676-1874/3052.