The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced an expansion of a previous recall for 5 and 25-pound bags of Unbleached All -Purpose King Arthur Flour due to E. coli concerns.

If you have this flour in your kitchen, read on for more information about the recall.

Recalled Product: King Arthur Flour

The recall includes 5 and 25-pound bags of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour milled by ADM Milling Company and distributed by King Arthur Flour. The bags of flour were sold nationwide via the company’s website, catalog and at retail stores.

Why the Flour Was Recalled

The flour was recalled after the detection of E. coli bacteria during sampling. As of now there are no reported illnesses. This recall is an expansion of a previous one issued on Jun. 13, 2019.

According to a representative from King Arthur Flour, in an emailed statement, “Though there’s little that’s comforting about a recall, regardless of whether it’s voluntary, we hope that notices like this one help bakers better understand the importance of following safe handling practices for flour, including never eating raw dough.”

The rep added, “For over 225 years, King Arthur Flour has been committed to providing our community with superior flour and baking ingredients which embrace the utmost integrity. Though the safe handling of flour is a practice we stress that everyone should follow, we are always aggressively pursuing new options and emerging technologies to mitigate the inherent risk that comes with flour as a raw ingredient.”

Photos: Courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 

How to Tell If Your Flour Was Recalled

This recall only includes specific lots of King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour produced before February 2019. Refer to the Lot Code and Best Used By dates to identify affected products. The full list of codes and dates is available from the FDA here or from King Arthur Flour here. The code and date are located on the bottom of the ingredient list on the package’s side panel of the bag.

What Consumers Should Do

Do not use or eat the flour. Throw the flour away and submit a claim for a replacement or refund through the King Arthur Flour website here. Consumers can also call the King Arthur Flour Consumer Hotline at 866-797-9178.

—Erica Loop



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