All-purpose flour recalled for possible E. coli O26

Posted at 11:38 PM, Sep 16, 2019

General Mills, the maker of Gold Medal flour, has recalled 5-pound bags of its unbleached all-purpose flour for possible E. coli O26 contamination, the FDA announced on Monday.

The bags of flour have an expiration date of Sept. 6, 2020. The package UPC is: 016000 196100.

There have been no reported illnesses, and General Mills said the recall is out of an abundance of caution.

Those with recalled products are encouraged to throw out the flour, and contact General Mills at 1-800-230-8103.

The FDA added that all flour should not be consumed raw, and that fully cooking flour kills of E. coli.

"Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O26 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration," the FDA said. "Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness."