MINNEAPOLIS, January 23, 2019 / PRNewswire / – General Mills today announced a voluntary national recall of five-pound sacks of its unbleached gold medal flour with a better one if used by the date of April 20, 2020. The recall will be made of the potential presence of salmonella, which was discovered during the sampling of the five-pound bag product.
General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product.
This recall only affects this date code of five pound bags of unbleached gold medal flour. All other types of gold medal flour are not affected by this recall.
Consumers are asked to check their pantries and eliminate 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.
"Food safety is our top priority, and although we have not had any confirmed illnesses, we are voluntarily withdrawing this specific batch of unbleached gold medal flour to prevent possible diseases," said Jim Murphy, President of the Food and Baking Division of General Mills. "This recall does not involve any other flour products, and we continue to educate consumers that flour is not an ingredient" ready to eat. "Anything you do with flour should be cooked or baked before eating." .
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guide and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continue to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming raw products made with flour. Salmonella is heat-killed when 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 withdrawal includes the following code date currently in consumer stores or pantries:
Unleaded gold medal for all-purpose 5LB flour
Best remembered if used by date
Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which can be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can cause the organism to enter the bloodstream and produce more serious diseases, such as arterial infections (ie, infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.
– PR News Wire