After receiving reports of consumers falling ill, ALDI and the CDC are recalling certain bags of flour that may be contaminated with E. coli.
If you have a bag of flour in your pantry, you may want to check the label. Earlier this week, ALDI issued a recall for certain types of flour over concerns the products may be contaminated with E. coli. Unfortunately, 17 people across eight states have already been sickened by consuming the flour.
According to the recall notice posted by ALDI, the recall includes 5-pound bags of Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour. The flour was produced at an ADM Milling Co. production facility in Buffalo, N.Y. To better identify whether your flour is included in the recall, take a peek at the UPC code. According to the recall notice, the UPC code on the affected products is 041498130404. It’s also important to note that the affected flour was sold in eleven states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
ALDI issued the following statement regarding the recall:
“Out of an abundance of caution, ALDI has recalled all best if used by dates and all lots of Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour products produced by ADM Milling Co. in Buffalo, N.Y., from store shelves in these states.”
ALDI also noted that if customers have the recalled flour in their homes, it should be discarded or returned for a full refund. It added:
“Consumers are reminded to not consume any raw products made with flour. Flour is an ingredient that comes from milling wheat, something grown outdoors that carries with it risks of bacteria which are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling. Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter.”
The CDC also chimed in and said three people have already been hospitalized due to the E. coli contamination. The agency added:
“This investigation is ongoing. FDA is working to determine whether other brands or lots of flour may be potentially contaminated and need to be recalled. CDC will provide updates when more information is available.”
If you have additional questions about the recall, contact ADM Milling Co. Customer Service at 800-422-1688.