January 24, 2019
General Mills is recalling five-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached Flour due to possible contamination with salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday night.
The voluntary national recall only affects bags with a better if used by date of April 20, 2020. All other types of Gold Medal flour are not affected by the recall.
Salmonella was discovered during sampling of the product, according to the FDA, which said the recall is being issued out of an abundance of care. General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product.
The 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
The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control warn consumers to refrain from consuming any 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.
Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), 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 (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by the 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.