Popular Brand of Flour Sold Nationwide Recalled for E. Coli Contamination

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June 14, 2019Jun 14, 2019

If you're a baker, you've definitely got flour in your pantry. One brand of flour is a favorite, but it's being recalled for a dangerous reason, reported CNN.

Vermont-based food manufacturer King Arthur Flour is being recalled over E. coli fears. The flour is sold at retailers nationwide.

The recall is for five-pound bags of unbleached, all-purpose flour made by King Arthur Flour Inc., the Food and Drug Administration said. The company is voluntarily recalling 14,218 cases of the flour.

The lot codes and "best used by dates" for the recalled products are:

  • Best used by December 7, 2019; Lot number L18A07C
  • Best used by December 8, 2019; Lot numbers L18A08A and L18A08B
  • Best used by December 14, 2019, Lot numbers LOTS: L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C.

"Consumer safety is our top priority, and therefore, we are voluntarily recalling these specific lots of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour to prevent potential illnesses," the King Arthur Flour said in a statement. "We are committed to educating and reminding consumers that flour is not ready-to-eat, and anything made with flour must be baked before eating."

King Arthur Flour said it was informed by one of its suppliers that some wheat used to make the flour had "been linked to an ongoing outbreak of E. coli infections."

So far there are no reports of illnesses related to the flour. However, the symptoms of
E. coli infection includes severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. They begin, on average, three to four days after ingesting the bacteria. Most people recover in five to seven days.

People who have bought any of the flour shouldn't it eat. They should either throw the flour away or return it to where it was purchased for a refund, King Arthur Flour said.