General Mills Recalls 5-Pound Bags of Gold Medal Flour Due to Concerns of Salmonella Contamination

A voluntary recall has been issued by General Mills, citing concern of salmonella contamination in the company's Gold Medal brand of flour. 

The recall impacts 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour with a better-if-used-by date of April 20, 2020. No other types of Gold Medal flour are included in the recall.

General Mills issued the recall on Wednesday, stating that the move was out of "an abundance of care" as no reports of illness had yet been discovered in connection to the product.

According to the company's press release, the "potential presence" of salmonella was discovered while testing the flour.

“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 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.”

Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the flour. Contaminated bags will have the following printed on the bag: 

Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5LB Flour Package

UPC 000-16000-19610-0

Recalled Better if Used by Date 20APR2020KC

Anyone who has had to throw the product away or who has additional questions may contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 or visit GeneralMills.com/Flour for more information, the statement said.

Individuals with a salmonella infection may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The Centers for Disease Control says that symptoms can last from four to seven days and will usually cease on their own. 

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