General Mills Expand Flour Recall as More E. coli Cases Surface

On Monday, General Mills expanded its flour recall further, as U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that four more people from two different states, namely Minnesota and Wisconsin have developed E. coli which has been connected to the flour.

Initially, the company had recalled 10 million pounds of flour in June and had said it was "out of an abundance of caution" because it might be linked to the outbreak.

Starting in December, the number of affected people has reached 46 who are suffering from E. coli infection connected to this outbreak. The latest round of illness linked to the outbreak was reported on June 25.

One of the recently affected individuals is suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome which is a type of kidney failure. The CDC said, the severity results from a longer than usual E. coli illness.

In this kind of illness, symptoms can be of different kinds starting from stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever and vomiting which might last for five days to a week or more. Older people and individuals with weal immunity system or very young individuals are more susceptible to becoming ill.

In this case of outbreak most of the patients are female and in age, the patients range from 1 year old to as old as 95 years.

In the updated recall announcement, Gold Medal, Wondra and Signature Kitchens flour are included.

The company said, "The expansion announced today includes select production dates through February 10, 2016."