General Mills recently recalled certain 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour over concerns that it may be contaminated with salmonella.
If you’re like most people, you likely have a bag of flour hanging out in your pantry. Whether you’re a baker and use it frequently, or you bust it out on the rare – or not so rare – occasion where you feel like tackling a new recipe, flour is one of those pantry staples that many of us have. Unfortunately, one popular brand, General Mills, recalled one of its flour products earlier today. According to the recall notice, the company is recalling 5-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached Flour over concerns that it may be contaminated with salmonella.
According to the notice, the recall only includes 5-pound bags of flour with an April 20, 2020 ‘Best By’ date. It’s important to note that “no other bags of flour are affected by the recall.” Along with the recall notice, Jim Murphy, the president of General Mills meals and baking decision, 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. 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.”
The issue was found earlier this year during a routine “sampling of the product.” Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported so far. If you’ve consumed the product and think you may be experiencing symptoms of salmonella, contact your healthcare provider immediately. If you have any of the recalled product, contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103.