The discount chain Aldi has recalled on Thursday 5-pound bags of their general-purpose flour Baker's Corner because they may be contaminated with E. coli.
Seventeen people were reported to be ill in eight states, according to the Centers for the Control and Prevention of Diseases. Three of these people were hospitalized.
People interviewed by the CDC said they had eaten, licked or tasted raw, homemade dough or dough. Two people told the CDC they had eaten raw dough or dough made from aldi flour or baking mixes. The CDC states that eating or tasting raw dough or dough can make a person sick. The illnesses began on December 11, 2018 and no later than April 18, the CDC said with 11 states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
The CDC, the US Food and Drug Administration and regulators in several states are investigating The outbreak occurred between December 11 and April 18, the CDC said. Deaths or cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (a type of kidney failure) are unknown according to the CDC.
There are many strains of the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli). Most strains are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans and animals.
Some types of E. coli are affected by the production of Shiga toxin. According to CDC, people usually get sick two to eight days after the germ is taken.
Symptoms of E. coli infections include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Some infections are mild, others can be life-threatening.