The FDA announced the recall of General Mills’ 5 lb. bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour with a better-if-used-by date of April 20, 2020. Routine sampling of the flour revealed the presence of salmonella. General Mills shipped the contaminated flour nationwide.
Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. The bacteria usually live in animal and human intestines and shed through feces. Consuming contaminated water or food spreads the infection to humans. Symptoms last two to seven days. Diarrhea may last up to 10 days, however, it may take several months before bowels return to normal. However, salmonella can develop into typhoid fever. This is a deadly disease. About 300 people get typhoid fever in the United States each year. About 22 million cases of typhoid fever and 200,000 related deaths occur worldwide each year.
Gold Medal Flour Recall
Manufacturer product testing found samples of Gold Medal Flour contaminated with salmonella. Nearly 100,000 products shipped nationwide could contain the dangerous bacteria. The FDA has not received any reported illnesses, yet. However, the agency advises discarding the product immediately. General Mills will give customers a replacement coupon.
However, this isn’t General Mills’ first Gold Medal Flour recall. In 2016, the company issued a much larger recall on multiple types of Gold Medal flour, after dozens of people were sickened from E. coli. Both recalls originated at General Mills’ Kansas City manufacturing facility.
If Injured by the Outbreak
Food poisoning lawsuits play an important role in keeping food systems safe. These lawsuits hold negligent corporations accountable. Plus, it shows lawmakers that food safety is imperative. When outbreaks caused by bacteria or viruses injure people, most of the time it is from a manufacturer being negligent. The company is fully aware of their potentially dangerous practices and do not correct it. Thus, customers’ lives are endangered.