Gold Medal All Purpose Flour E. coli Lawyer Update: Five Pound Bags of All Purpose Flour Recalled Due to Potential E.coli O26 Contamination.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on September 16, 2019, the voluntary recall of the Gold Medal brand of unbleached all-purpose flour due to potential E. coli O26 contamination.
General Mills announced the voluntary recall of the Gold Medal brand after the potential presence of E. coli O26 was discovered during sampling of the five-pound bags. According to the FDA this recall is being issued out of an abundance of care as General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product. The only products being recalled are the 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour with “Better if Used by Date” of September 6, 2020, and UPC number 016000 196100.
No illnesses have been reported as linked to the recalled product, but the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a warning for customers who purchased the contaminated product. Customers are to return the products to the place at which they purchased it as soon as possible and clean any surface which the contaminated flour touched. The CDC is also urging customers to avoid eating any form of raw dough or batter made of raw flour.
E. coli O26 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illnesses. The FDA is has recommended customers who feel symptoms such as severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting, to contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Ron Simon, a national E. coli Lawyer, stated “E. coli serogroups O26, O111, and O103 are the non-O157 serogroups that most often cause illness in the United States. The non-O157 STEC are not nearly as well understood, partly because current protocols do not test for them. The failure to test for non-O157 STEC is due in large part to the fact that such serotypes are difficult to detect.”
For more information about the Gold Medal recall or to speak to a Flour E. Coli Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.