General Mills announced a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Gold Medal unbleached flour.
The recall — for products with the date of “better used by” of April 20, 2020 — is being issued for the potential presence of salmonella. The toxin was discovered during samplings of the products.
“The recall is being issued out of an abundance of care as General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product,” said a news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”
This recall only affects Gold Medal unbleached flour five-pound bags this specific date code. All other types of Gold Medal flour are not affected by this recall.
Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall. Consumers 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.
The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control warn consumers to refrain from consuming raw products made with flour. Salmonella 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: 000-16000-19610-0
Recalled Better if Used by Date: 20APR2020KC
Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience 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.