If you’ve recently purchased Gold Medal flour, you might want to take a look at the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) latest recall. General Mills has issued a recall over a salmonella risk.
What products are recalled?
In the past year, we’ve seen quite a few recalls (most famously the recurring romaine lettuce incidents). This time, it’s Gold Medal flour. General Mills is warning that consumers who recently purchased a sack of Gold Medal flour might need to give it the pitch.
This doesn’t go for all Gold Medal flours, luckily. Specifically, it’s the 5-pound bag of unbleached all-purpose flour. Their other lines, like self-rising and whole wheat, are totally safe for consumption. As long as you cook it first, we mean.
How do I know if I have this product?
Not every batch of Gold Medal unbleached all-purpose flour is tainted. Considering the past year of huge recalls, this one is actually pretty small. Less than 100,000 bags of the flour are at risk for salmonella contamination, but it’s still important to make sure yours isn’t affected.
To know for sure, check the Better-If-Used-By date printed on the bag. If it bears the date April 20, 2020, you need to throw it out ASAP. The 5-pound bag will also be stamped with this UPC code: 000-16000-19610-0.
I have this product! What should I do with it?
According to General Mills, it’s best to throw out the flour if you have an infected batch. Salmonella can be cooked out of foods if the temperature is high enough, but the gamble is definitely not worth the side effects.
To date, there are no salmonella reports relating to Gold Medal; General Mills has issued this recall out of an abundance of caution. Make sure to check your pantry before trying out that new made-from-scratch cookie recipe!
How can I avoid getting salmonella?
General Mills also wants to remind consumers that any flour consumed uncooked can still cause harm. According to Jim Murphy, President of General Mills Meals and Baking Division, “This recall does not involve any other flour products, and we are continuing to educate consumers that flour is not a ‘ready to eat’ ingredient. Anything you make with flour must be cooked or baked before eating.”
This goes for utensils, too. Any utensils that come into contact with uncooked flour (rolling pins, plates, silverware, etc.) should be thoroughly washed and sanitized before reuse. To avoid getting sick, keep your utensils and workspace clean, thoroughly cook all recipes that include flour and make sure to wash your hands.