The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has launched an investigation into contaminated flour across the United States. Between December and February, 12 people across 11 states were diagnosed with Salmonella bacteria after consuming raw batter containing flour. While the CDC has not limited the contaminated flour to any specific brand, they have discovered that the bacteria from each patient’s contaminated food is closely related.
Salmonella, or salmonellosis, refers to a bacterial infection caused by the salmonella bacteria. The disease infects humans who consume contaminated food and water. Symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, fever, chills, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. While most cases of Salmonella clear up in a few days, severe cases may result in dehydration and hospitalization, especially among babies and children, the elderly and the immunocompromised.
To avoid contracting the disease, the CDC is advising the public to not consume uncooked batter. The CDC also estimates that the number of infections is likely much higher than twelve, as people may choose to not report their illness or even receive treatment. While no flour-related cases of Salmonella have been reported in Florida, residents should still take precaution when cooking with flour as the CDC continues to investigate.