General Mills recalls five-pound bags of Gold Medal flour over E. coli concerns

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WTHR) - General Mills is recalling five-pound bags of flour while reminding consumers "flour is not a 'ready to eat' ingredient."

The voluntary recall was issued for the potential presence of E. coli in the bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour. The affected five-pound bags have a Package UPC code of 000-16000-19610-0 with a "Better if Used By Date" of 06SEP2020KC. No other products are affected.

Consumers who have purchased the affected product are asked to throw it out and contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 or visit GeneralMills.com/flour.

The recall was issued due to an "abundance of care" and General Mills said no instances of consumer illness have been reported.

"Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. 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," General Mills wrote in a release announcing the recall.

The FDA and CDC notes E. coli is killed by heat, so consumers should not eat raw products made with flour and wash surfaces, hands and utensils that come in contact with raw flour.

Customers who are concerned about illness are urged to contact their doctor. If a physician diagnoses you with an illness related to E. coli O26, contact state and local public health authorities.

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