Experts are reminding you that flour is not a “ready to eat” product.
On January 23rd, General Mills voluntarily recalled its five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour with a better if used by date of April 20th, 2020, nationwide. The company fears the product is potentially carrying Salmonella, something that was discovered during regular sampling.
If you have this product in your home, check the label to see if it matches the following. If it does, throw it out.
Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5LB Flour
Package UPC: 000-16000-19610-0
Recalled Better if Used by Date: 20APR2020KC
The good news is there haven’t been any confirmed illnesses reported in consumers. General Mills announced the recall out of an “abundance of caution”.
“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,” said Jim Murphy, President of General Mills Meals and Baking Division. “This recall does not involve any other flour products. We are continuing to educate consumers that flour is not a ‘ready to eat’ ingredient. Anything you make with flour must be cooked or baked before eating.”
Salmonella can cause a fever, diarrhea,nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, the infection can spread to the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
If you’ve had to throw your flour out as you’ve already purchased it, contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 or visit www.generalmills.com/flour.