Gold Medal unbleached flour under voluntary recall for E.coli risk

Published: Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 10:55 PM

General Mills is recalling five-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour for the potential risk of E. coli.

The recalled bags have a “better if used by” date of Sept. 6, 2020. Only the five-pound bags are affected, and all other types of Gold Medal flour are not under recall.

The company said it issued the recall after E. coli O26 was discovered during sampling of the five-pound bags.

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The recall is voluntary, and General Mills has not received any consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product.

Consumers are asked to check pantries and throw away the recalled flour. Consumers who have to discard products covered by this recall may contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control warn that consumers should not consume any raw products made with flour. E. coli O26 is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

This voluntary recall includes the following code date currently in stores or consumers’ pantries: 

Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5LB Flour
Package UPC 016000 196100
Recalled Better if Used by Date 06SEP2020KC

Most strains of E. coli are harmless, but E. coli O26 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. 

Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician. Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli O26 is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.