September 17, 2019 — General Mills has issued a voluntary recall for certain 5-pound bags of Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour after a bag tested positive for E. coli contamination.
There are no confirmed reports of illnesses linked to the recalled flour, but infections with E. coli O26 can cause severe diarrhea (often bloody), dehydration, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), or death.
The recall only involves flour with a “better if used by” date of September 6, 2020, and a Package UPC 016000 196100.
General Mills has previously recalled Gold Medal flour due to E. coli contamination, when an an outbreak in 2016 sickened at least 63 people in 22 states.
Earlier in 2019, several other brands of flour have been recalled due to E. coli contamination. Those recalls include Pillsbury Best® Bread Flour, King Arthur All-Purpose Flour, and ALDI Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour.
Health officials continue to warn consumers against eating raw flour products, such as batter and homemade cookie dough, due to the risk of food poisoning. Cooking flour products can kill E. coli through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling.
Consumers should also clean all surfaces, hands, and utensils after contact with flour or dough, according to General Mills.
E. coli infections typically causes symptoms within 2-8 days. The illness usually lasts about a week. The symptoms may include stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea. vomiting, and fever.
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