General Mills has issued a voluntary national recall of some of its bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour.
The decision was made “to prevent potential illnesses” after salmonella was discovered during the sampling of products, the company announced on Wednesday. No one has been sickened so far, it noted.
The affected flour comes in five-pound bags and has a “better if used by” date of April 20, 2020.
General Mills is conducting a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour with a better if used by date of April 20, 2020. The recall is because of potential presence of Salmonella. FDA is investigating and working with General Mills on the recall.
“This recall does not involve any other flour products, and 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,” said Jim Murphy, president of General Mills Meals and Baking Division, in a statement.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against eating or tasting raw dough, or letting children play with it, noting that flour is a raw agricultural product that hasn’t been treated to kill germs.
To minimize risk, bake or cook food made with flour at the proper temperature, wash your hands after handling flour and clean any surfaces, bowls and utensils it touched.
If you have questions about the recall, contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 or visit GeneralMills.com/Flour.
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