One of the largest commercial food producers in America has just issued a recall for one of its most popular items, and consumers are being cautioned to take the announcement seriously. There is potential for serious illness if the public does not heed this urgent warning.
General Mills issued a statement today recalling five-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached Flour. Routine sampling of the popular baking ingredient revealed the presence of Salmonella bacteria in some bags at the factory.
As of today, there have been no illnesses reported but the company is taking this action as a preventative to avoid potentially endangering consumers by exposing them to the contamination.
The company said, on their website, that “This recall is being issued out of an abundance of care as General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product.”
The recall is for the five-pound bags of the unbleached flour with the ‘best-if-used-by’ date of April 20, 2020. Currently, no other bags of flour or any other product of General Mills’ has been affected by the recall.
If you discover that you have a bag of the targeted product, contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-8103. Or, if you prefer, you can notify them via their website.
The company is very concerned about the potential for illness among its customers and emphasizes that this action was taken as prevention of a problem, not in response to one.
“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,” said Jim Murphy, president of the General Mills Meals and Baking Division.
“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 Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reiterated their warning that consumers should avoid eating any raw product made with flour.
“Salmonella is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing, or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands, and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough."
Salmonella can be a life-threatening illness for those at high risk. “Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
“In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.”
Please check your pantries right away and get rid of any Gold Medal Unbleached Flour, NOW!