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General Mills Recalls Gold Medal Flour Due to E. coli Contamination

General Mills is recalling five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour due to the presence of E. coli bacteria following a product testing, according to a recall notice. This warning comes two months after a consumer E. coli warning ended for consumers for other brands of flour. That previous warning came when E. coli related to flour brands sickened 21 people in nine states, three of whom were hospitalized.

About The Recall

According to a news release issued Monday, General Mills, makers of Gold Medal say Walmart and Target are among the retailers who sold the recalled flour. Those packages have a “Better-If-Used By” date of September 6, 2020.

The flour being recalled has the following UPC code: 016000 196100.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control in July said an E. coli outbreak related to four separate flour-related recalls appeared to be over. The CDC cautions that because flour has an incredibly long shelf life, the affected flour may still be in people’s homes. It may also be included in several other products that use the flour as a base ingredient like brownie and cake mixes.

The Fix

Consumers should not consume or use the product. They are to discard it. If you have questions or concerns about the current recall can contact General Mills at 800-230-8103 or visit their website for additional information. No reports of illness have been reported to date.

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