You may remember when Gold Medal and Pillsbury flours were recalled for salmonella contamination earlier this year. Take one more peek in the pantry, because now Baker’s Corner flour from Aldi is under recall. This time, the culprit is E. coli.
After 17 cases of E. coli O26 were reported in eight states, the FDA and CDC found that certain types of Baker’s Corner flour showed traces of that same strain. Flour producer ADM Milling Co. initially issued a small recall on May 22, 2019, which the milling company and Aldi expanded just a day later.
What product is recalled?
This isolated recall targets Aldi’s 5-pound bags of Baker’s Corner all-purpose flour produced in Buffalo, New York. Aldi has already pulled the contaminated flour from store shelves but warns consumers that the recalled flour may still be on pantry shelves.
Where is the recall in effect?
The contaminated flour was distributed to the following states (including the eight states with E. coli reports):
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
How do I know if I have this product?
Out of an abundance of caution, Aldi recalled all Baker’s Corner flour products distributed by ADM Milling Co. and packed in Buffalo, New York. The recalled packages are 5 pounds and stamped with UPC code 041498130404. You can find product images on the FDA’s website. If your flour fits these criteria and you live in one of these states, your flour is under recall.
What should I do with it?
Aldi is accepting returns and offering full refunds. If you can’t make it to the store, throw out that flour ASAP. Aldi and the FDA forbid consumers to cook with it. While E. coli can be cooked out of meat and flour under the right circumstances, the risk is not worth the gamble.
For any questions, you can call ADM Milling Co. customer service at 800-422-1688. They’re open every day between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST.
How can I avoid getting E. coli?
No matter how you do it, contaminated products need to be disposed of. It’s always important to wash your hands before cooking and after handling raw ingredients. Meats should always reach the optimal cooking temperature of 145ºF, according to this new FDA regulation. Vegetables should be carefully hand-washed.