General Mills Inc. issued a voluntary recall Tuesday of about 5 million kilograms of flour, saying it was working with health officials to investigate an outbreak of E. coli that had made 38 people sick in 20 US states, Reuters reports.
The bacterial strain behind the outbreak has not been found in any of General Mills’ Gold Medal, Wondra and Signature Kitchens flour or their manufacturing plant, the Minneapolis-based company said.
Consumers have not contacted it directly to report any illnesses, it said.
“Out of an abundance of caution, a voluntary recall is being made,” General Mills said.
US and state health authorities are probing an outbreak of E. coli from Dec. 21 to May 3, it said.
The potentially deadly strain can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration, mostly among the elderly, very young children and people with weak immune systems.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about half of the 38 patients reported cooking with flour before becoming ill, General Mills said.
About half of this group reported using a General Mills brand, a company spokesman told Reuters.
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