General Mills is recalling five-bound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached Flour due to the potential presence of Salmonella. Bags marked by a used by date of April 20,2020, were discovered to have Salmonella after sampling the product.
No consumer reports of confirmed illnesses due to the contamination have been reported.
Products affected by the recall are limited to the one date code of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour five-pound bags. All other types of Gold Medal Flour are not affected by the recall.
“Food safety is our top priority, and though we have not had any confirmed illnesses, we are voluntarily recalling this specific lot of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour to prevent potential illnesses,” President of General Meals and Baking Division Jim Murphy said. “This recall does not involve any other flour products, and we are continuing to educate that flour is not a ‘ready to eat’ ingredient. Anything you make with flour must be cooked or baked before eating.”
Guidance from the FDA and the CDC continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming raw products made with flour. Heat kills Salmonella 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.
Consumers are encouraged to check their pantries and dispose of the product. Those who have had to discard products covered by this recall may contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 or visit www.generalmills.com/flour.
This voluntary recall includes the following code date currently in stores or consumers’ pantries:
Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5LB Flour Package UPC: 000-16000-19610-0 Recalled Better if Used by Date: 20APR2020KC
Salmonella symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.