Take one quick look through your pantry and it’s likely your eyes will pass by a variety of common household items: spices, oils, pasta, rice, and flour. While we can almost always trust the safety of these products, their commonality certainly does not make them exempt from dangerous contamination. Sure, it’s easy to see a perfectly packaged bag of flour sitting, unthreateningly, in the grocery store isle, but the truth is - that bag of flour began its life in a factory. Unfortunately, for a few million of these bags of flour, living in a General Mills factory has meant possible exposure to the foodborne illness, E. coli.
Recently, General Mills announced the possible threat of E. coli contamination within their flour-based products. As a precaution, the company has recalled over 10 million pounds worth of flour, giving consumers quite a scare. It’s difficult to imagine products as common as flour contaminated with a dangerous foodborne illness like E. coli, however, General Mills would be remiss if they said that these things do not happen. E. coli is a threatening illness that spreads quickly and, often, unnoticed. Luckily, this particular contamination was caught before any major damage occurred - however, it is critical that you take extra precautions when using this ingredient. Make sure to thoroughly cook any meals that include flour, as this is usually able to kill the bacteria. More importantly, go through your pantry and remove any flour or flour-based products that have been recalled by General Mills. For more information about this recall, check out the video below. Foodborne illnesses and product recalls are definitely no joke, and, while General Mills is addressing the issue, this one certainly takes the cake.
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