It’s been a tough year for flour, according to the FDA. Just a few short months ago, King Arthur and Pillsbury flour were named in a recall related to an outbreak of E. coli. Aldi brand Baker’s Corner flour was recalled just a month before for the same concerns. Now, Hodgson Mill and Wild Harvest are both on the flour recall hot seat for a name we’re familiar with by now: E. coli.
The flour recalls were issued voluntarily by both brands on November 27, 2019. The affected flour was shipped to stores across the country. The brands do not come from the same processing plant, but both contained traces of E. coli after routine testing. For information on both recalls, check out the FDA statements here: Hodgson Mill and Wild Harvest.
What products are recalled?
Before you get to work on your holiday baking, check your pantry. The recall affects 5-pound bags of Hodgson Mill All-Purpose White Wheat Flour and 5-pound bags of Wild Harvest Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached.
So far, neither brand has received reports of illness, though both recalled products displayed traces of E. coli contamination. Both brands and the FDA urge consumers to look carefully at any flour hidden in the pantry. While E. coli can be cooked out, it’s best to avoid the gamble. No other products from either company are affected by the flour recalls.
How do I know if I have one of these products?
Look for the UPC codes and “Best If Used By” dates on each package. Keep in mind that Hodgson Mill and Wild Harvest are both different brands and flour recalls, so they’ll have totally different stamps.
- Hodgson Mill: Look for UPC code 0-71518-05009-2 with a “Best If Used By” date of October 1, 2020 or October 2, 2020. Contaminated lot codes include 001042 and 005517.
- Wild Harvest: Look for UPC code 711535509158 with a “Best If Used By” date of January 8, 2020. There is no lot code for this product.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
Heed the warnings of these recalls and get rid of contaminated flour ASAP. You can return Hodgson Mill flour to the place of purchase for a full refund, but the Wild Harvest recall just urges buyers to toss the flour out. If you have Wild Harvest flour affected by the recall, there’s no harm in reaching out for a refund.
For any questions regarding the Hodgson Mill flour recall, call their customer service line art 1-888-417-9343, extension 1. They’re available throughout the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Alternatively, reach out to Wild Harvest at 855-423-2630. This line is open seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CST.
How can I avoid spreading E. coli?
First, wipe down any surfaces that came in contact with contaminated flour. This includes counters, jars, pantry shelves, etc. You should always wash your hands thoroughly before and after cooking, and avoid eating raw cookie dough. Try to avoid drinks at the grocery store (like milk and juice) that aren’t pasteurized. Raw foods, especially leafy greens, should always be rinsed before they’re served.
For more information on protecting your family from E. coli, check out our comprehensive guide.