General Mills is recalling 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour because of salmonella concerns.
The packages being recalled are those with a better-if-used-by date of April 20, 2020, and a UPC of 000-16000-19610-0, the company said Wednesday.
The recall, which affects fewer than 100,000 bags, is because salmonella was found during sampling of this flour, according to the Minneapolis-based food maker. General Mills hasn’t received any consumer reports of confirmed illnesses stemming from these bags of flour.
Anyone who has a bag of the affected flour should throw it out, the company said.
“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,” Jim Murphy, president of the General Mills meals and baking division, said in a statement. “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.”
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Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and show up between 12 and 72 hours after a person gets infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It lasts from four to seven days usually, and most people get better on their own.
Salmonella causes an estimated 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year, the CDC said. Food is responsible for approximately 1 million of those.
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