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General Mills recalls flour due to contamination

By Erin Smith

The General Mills company has voluntarily recalled five-pound bags of Gold Medal brand unbleached all purpose flour. The recall is due to concerns over possible contamination.

In a statement posted to their website, General Mills says the flour could be contaminated with Salmonella. The contamination was discovered during sampling of a five-pound bag.

The recall is limited to five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached flour with the package UPC code of 000-16000-19610-0 and a Better if used by date of 20APR2020KC.

Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall. Consumers who have had to discard products covered by this recall may contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103.

“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 All Purpose 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 company says they have not been notified of any illnesses due to the flour. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, some symptoms of Salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps  and fever.

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