(CNN) – The discount supermarket chain Aldi recalled 5 pound bags of its Baker's Corner All Purpose Meal on Thursday because they can be contaminated with E. coli.
The set of persons has been reported to be ill in eight states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three of these have been hospitalized.
People interviewed by the CDC said they ate, licked or tasted raw, homemade dough or butter. Two people told the CDC that they ate raw dough or butter made from flour or baked goods from Aldi. The CDC says eating or tasting raw dough or butter can make a person sick.
The diseases began on December 11, 2018 and the last one began on April 18, the CDC said.
The recalled flour was sold at Aldi sites in 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 several states are investigating the outbreak that occurred between December 11 and April 18, the CDC said. There have been no reports of death or cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (a type of kidney failure), CDC said.
There are many strains of the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli). Most strains are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans and animals.
Some types of E. coli cause disease by producing Shiga toxin. People usually get sick two to eight days after taking the germ, says the CDC.
The symptoms of E. coli infections may include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Some infections are mild, but others can be life-threatening.
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