Total Illnesses: 13
Last Illness Onset: March 1, 2023
States with Cases: CA (1), IL (2), IA (1), MN (1), MO (1), NE (1), NJ (1), NY (1), OH (1), OR (1), TN (1), VA (1)
Product Distribution: Nationwide
The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infections linked to Gold Medal brand flour produced by General Mills of Minneapolis, MN.
Based on epidemiological data collected by CDC, five of nine cases report exposure to raw Gold Medal brand flour and seven of eight cases report consuming raw dough or batter. FDA’s traceback investigation identified a single production facility of the flour consumed by patients. FDA initiated an inspection at the General Mills Kansas City, MO facility and collected retain product samples. One sample was found to be positive for Salmonella, and subsequent analysis by Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) found that the Salmonella in the positive sample matched the strain of Salmonella making people sick in this outbreak.
On April 28, 2023, General Mills announced a voluntary nationwide recall of two-, five- and 10-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached and Bleached All Purpose Flour with a “better if used by” date of March 27, 2024, and March 28, 2024. This recall affects two date codes of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour in the five- and ten-pound bags and two date codes of Gold Medal Bleached All Purpose Flour in the two- and five-pound bags.
No other types of Gold Medal Flour are affected by this recall at this time.
The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and whether additional products are linked to illnesses. FDA will update this advisory should additional consumer safety information become available.
Case Count Map Provided by CDC
General Mills issued a voluntary nationwide recall of two-, five- and 10-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached and Bleached All Purpose Flour with a “Better if Used By” date of March 27, 2024, and March 28, 2024. No other types of Gold Medal Flour are affected by this recall at this time.
This voluntary recall includes the following code dates currently in stores or consumers’ pantries, all with “Better if Used by” dates of 27MAR2024 and 28MAR2024:
|Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5LB Flour
|Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 10LB Flour
|Gold Medal Bleached All Purpose 2LB Flour
|Gold Medal Bleached All Purpose 5LB Flour
If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.
On March 30, 2023, the CDC along with public health officials in several states, and the FDA, announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Infantis. After examining the epidemiological data, it became clear that contaminated flour is making people sick, resulting in Salmonella Infantis infections. At this time no specific brand of flour has been identified, but investigators are collecting more samples to be able to positively link them to the illnesses. Of those who became ill, three were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported at this time.
Salmonella in Raw Flour
Of those who became ill, most reported eating raw cookie dough or batter that contained flour. Flour as it is sold in stores is considered a raw (unbaked) product. Salmonella is killed when flour included in dough or batter is cooked. It is important for parents to be aware that handling or tasting raw dough or batter can expose children to Salmonella and put them at risk of infection.
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