Flour is a staple in most kitchens in New Mexico and elsewhere throughout the country. It is used in everything from breads to cakes to sauces and many tasty items in between. And now it may be making people sick and could result in product liability claims. Pillsbury Best brand flour has been added to a list of brands that have recently been recalled because of mounting cases of E. coli bacteria-related illnesses. In addition to Pillsbury Best, King Arthur announced recalls of certain bags of its unbleached All-Purpose flour and Aldi also issued a recall for Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that there have been 17 illnesses reported that are believed to have been caused by exposure to E. coli found in the recalled flour. Three of those people were hospitalized. The bags of flour that are believed to be affected bear the UPC code 051500200315. They also have a use by date of June 8 or June 9, 2020.

Symptoms of illness resulting from exposure to E. coli bacteria typically show up within three to four days of eating food contaminated by the bacteria. Symptoms can include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Severe cases can result in dehydration and may require hospitalization.

Illnesses caused by food borne bacteria can be particularly dangerous for the very young and the very old. If a person in New Mexico has suffered an illness that may have been caused by E. coli he or she may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can review the facts of the case and help the client to determine if a product liability lawsuit is an available option.