- Always bake items made with raw dough or batter before eating them;
- Do not taste raw dough or batter;
- Do not give play dough made with raw flour to children; and
- Restaurants and retailers should not serve raw dough to customers or provide raw dough for children and other guests to play with.
the CDC report. “Consumers who don’t know about the recalls could continue to eat the products and get sick. A list of the recalled products and how to identify them is available on the Advice to Consumers page.” The 63 confirmed outbreak victims are from 24 states and range in age from 1 to 95 years old. None have died, but 17 had symptoms so severe they required hospitalization. One person developed a potentially fatal complication, hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. Onset of the victims’ illnesses ranged from Dec. 21, 2015, through Sept. 5, as of Thursday’s report from the CDC. With the announcement that the agency has concluded its investigation, CDC officials reminded the public of the potential dangers associated with raw flour. A majority of the outbreak victims reported handling raw flour or dough and/or eating raw dough or batter before becoming infected. “This outbreak is a reminder that is it not safe to taste or eat raw dough or batter, whether made from recalled flour or any other flour. Flour or other ingredients used to make raw dough or batter can be contaminated with STEC and other germs that can make people sick,” the CDC report states. A spokesman for General Mills said the company had used the outbreak and recall as a teaching tool. “By working closely with the CDC and the FDA, we have been very successful in helping educate the public about the potential dangers of eating raw dough or batter made with uncooked flour,” the General Mills spokesman said. Advice for consumers Tips from the CDC to help consumers and foodservice operators avoid pathogen problems from raw flour include:Federal health officials have concluded their investigation involving General Mills flour implicated in an E. coli outbreak that sickened at least 63 between December 2015 and now, but they say more people are expected to become ill. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention again urged consumers nationwide to check their homes for the recalled flour and a variety of recalled foods made with it in final outbreak reports posted Thursday. “Although the outbreak investigation is over, illnesses are expected to continue for some time,” according to