Another recall was made due to the General Mills flour and this time it was Betty Crocker which made the recall, after two cake mix flavors sold in the United States and one flavor sold in Canada were produced using the General Mills flour.
Health officials state that no case has been reported yet regarding the consumption of the cake mix. The two flavors are Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix and Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix, also known as Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix in Canada.
The two flavors were identified as containing flavor chips produced with Wondra flour, one of the General Mills products that were recalled on July 1st by the company. General Mills has joined its efforts with health officials to deal with an E. Coli O121 outbreak that has taken its toll on many areas throughout the United States.
If citizens have any of the recalled products, they are urged to discard them immediately. There is a full list of the retail products connected with the flour recall on the official page of General Mills. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strongly recommend people to avoid consuming any batter or raw dough products.
Many bacteria, including E. Coli O121, are destroyed by boiling, sautéing, frying, or baking products. No bacteria should resist to high temperatures, so cooking your food thoroughly is your best bet. Even Listeria is eliminated by using these methods of cooking. These bacteria are usually found in frozen products because they can resist to freezing temperatures.
Heating food in microwaves is the worst possible decision, because the heat from microwaves is uneven, meaning that some parts of the food remain cold and so the risk of contamination with E. coli or Listeria.
Health officials request consumers to wash their hands, clean all surfaces, utensils, and everything that got in contact with contaminated dough, batter, or flour to avoid cross-contamination. Scientists underline that almost every E. coli strain is harmless, but some can make you sick or even kill you, such as the E. coli O121 because it can lead to dehydration and bloody diarrhea.
These foodborne bacteria were particularly dangerous for persons with weak immune systems, children, and seniors. Any consumer that developed an illness connected with the E. coli O121 must contact the local and state public health authorities to support the investigation of the outbreak.
The United States General Mills contact number for a Betty Crocker replacement product or any other additional question is 800-230-8103. Also, Canadian citizens can contact the company at 800-526-4579.
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