The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a voluntary recall of five-pound bags of General Mills Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour due to E. coli contamination concerns. Representatives from General Mills did not immediately return Red Tricycle’s request for comment.

If you think you have this product in your home, read on for important recall information.

photo: Courtesy of U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Recalled Product Description: Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour

The recall includes five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour with a “better if used by” date of Sep. 6, 2020. According to a statement made by General Mills, “This recall only affects this one date code of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour five-pound bags. All other types of Gold Medal Flour are not affected by this recall.”

Why the Flour Was Recalled

General Mills issued the recall following the detection of E. coli O26 during sampling of the five-pound bag product. As of now, there are no reported illnesses or adverse effects due to the potential contamination.

This strain of E. coli is potentially fatal and can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration—especially in the very young, elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system.

How To Tell If Your Flour Was Recalled

Only the five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour with the “better if used by” date of Sep. 6, 2020 are part of the recall. Check the use by date to see if your flour was recalled. The date on the packaging will read “06SEP2020KC.” The affected product has the UPC code 000-16000-19610-0.

What Consumers Should Do

If you have the recalled product, don’t use it. Throw the flour away and contact General Mills via the company’s website here or at 1-800-230-8103 with questions or for a replacement coupon.

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