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Two All-Purpose Baking Flours Recalled by FDA Due to E. Coli Scare

Here's what we know.

General Mills flour recall

If you’ve purchased baking flour in the past several weeks you might want to listen up. Two brands of all-purpose baking flour—Hodgson Mill Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour, and Wild Harvest Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour—are being recalled due to possible contamination of E. coli. 

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The contaminated flour from both brands was shipped and sold nationwide, largely in 5-pound bags with best buy dates extending into 2020. The contamination was discovered during “routine sampling” and announced on November 29. At present, it’s not known which states or regions the majority of the flour has been shipped to, so it is being pulled from shelves nationally. 

So far no illnesses have been reported but this specific strain of E. coli found in the flour can cause diarrhea, vomiting, kidney failure, and even death. The Food and Drug Administration is encouraging those with bags of flour that match the criteria of the contaminated batch to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. 

If you’ve consumed flour from any of the contaminated brands and are experiencing symptoms, see a medical professional immediately. If you have flour in your home that matches any of the below, be advised to dispose of it right away. Thoroughly wash any container it may have been stored in as well.

  • Hodgson Mill: Best by dates 10-01-2020 or 10-02-2020; UPC 0-71518-05009-2; and lot codes 001042 or 005517
  • Hodgson Mill: Best by dates 10-01-2020 or 10-02-2020; UPC 0-71518-05009-2; and lot codes 001042 or 005517
  • Wild Harvest: AA Best if used by date 01-08-20; UPC 711535509158; and CC 15:58  

Contact for manufacturers: 

  • Wild Harvest at 855-423-2630
  • Hodgson Mills at  888-417-9343

Header image courtesy of Arisara Tongdonnoi / EyeEm / Getty Images

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