E. coli Prompts General Mills Flour Recall
You may want to check your food pantry. Golden Valley-based General Mills announced the recall of 600,000 pounds of flour due to E. coli concerns.
The company issued the voluntary recall this week after flour at its Kansas City facility tested positive for E. coli 026. That’s a potentially deadly strain of the bacteria.
The recall affects 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour that has a “better if used by” date of Sept. 6, 2020. No consumers have reported any illness from eating or handling the flour.
This strain of E. coli, like most other strains, is killed by heat, such as baking or frying. It’s why health officials advise against eating uncooked batter. Also just like with meat, experts say you should thoroughly clean countertops, bowls, utensils and hands after coming in contact with flour or dough.
Customers who bought the newly recalled Gold Medal flour can receive a replacement coupon by calling 1-800-230-8103 or visiting GeneralMills.com/flour.