(May 24, 2019) Select Aldi discount grocery stores have been the source for selling flour linked to an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 17 people in eight states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in a statement the ongoing investigation is “due to the potential presence” of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 (STEC), or E. coli, in Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour. The flour was packaged by ADM Milling Co., of Buffalo, New York.
The five-pound bags of flour were sold in select Aldi stores in 11 states. So far, there have been three reported hospitalizations and 17 illnesses linked to the contaminated flour. The illnesses started anywhere from December 11, 2018, to April 18, 2019, and were reported in California, Connecticut, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Additionally, the flour was sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
This is the second known outbreak of E. coli this week, as 62,000 lbs of ground beef were recalled for E. coli contamination as well.
The symptoms of E. coli food poisoning typically present 3-4 days after consuming the product. Dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps are among the side effects. People may experience a fever or vomiting as well. Children and elderly persons, or those with compromised immune systems, are at risk of experiencing the worst of the effects.
According to the CDC, some people may be susceptible to a kidney syndrome from E. coli food poisoning known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). It affects 5 to 10% of those with STEC and presents itself about a week after symptoms first appear. The warning signs are easy bruising, decreased ability to urinate, losing pink color in cheeks or inside the lower eyelids. This may result in hospitalization, permanent damage, or even death.
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