Oklahoma health officials warning residents about E.coli outbreak linked to flour

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NEW YORK – A nationwide recall sent chefs and bakers across the country to their cabinets to take a closer look at a key ingredient in their kitchen.

Earlier this week, General Mills recalled 10 million pounds of flour following an E.coli outbreak in 20 states.

The company recalled Gold Medal and Signature Kitchens flour after 38 people contracted a specific type of E. coli between December 21, 2015 and May 3, 2016.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is warning residents about the recall after two Oklahomans contracted E.coli.

Health officials recommend that if you store your flour in another container without the packaging, throw it out to be safe. Also, thoroughly wash the containers before using them again.

Avoid tasting raw dough or batter and wash any bowls or utensils that were sued during baking.

E.coli has been known to cause fever, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps in healthy adults.