If you keep an eye on the news, you know that flour has been the latest target of the dreaded recall. General Mills issued one last month for Gold Medal flour due to salmonella concerns, and Aldi recently pulled Baker’s Corner flour from shelves for an E. coli risk.
Now add King Arthur and Pillsbury to the list of flour brands to be recalled. Seventeen cases of E. coli have been reported, and are linked to these two companies. King Arthur was recalled on June 13. The Pillsbury recall was announced the next day. The E. coli cases occurred between December 11, 2018, and April 18, 2019. Luckily, no deaths have been reported, though there have been three hospitalizations. You can find the official CDC statement here.
What products are recalled?
Be on the lookout for 5-lb. bags of King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour and 5-lb. bags of Pillsbury Best Bread Flour. Both flours were distributed nationally and produced by ADM Milling Co. You may recognize this name because Baker’s Corner flour from Aldi was also produced by ADM Milling Co.
There’s no word on how the flour was contaminated. The CDC is keeping a watchful eye on other brands, just in case another recall needs to be issued.
How do I know if I have one of these products?
Take a look at the back of the package. You’ll want to check Best By dates, UPC codes and lot codes. (Note: Pillsbury doesn’t list a UPC code.) Here’s what to look for.
King Arthur 5-lb. Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- UPC code 0 5150020031 5
- Best By date of June 8, 2020, with lot code 8 342
- Best By date of June 9, 2020, with lot code 8 343
Pillsbury 5-lb. Best Bread Flour
- Best By date of December 7, 2019, with lot code L18A07C
- Best By date of December 8, 2019, with lot code L18A08A, L18A08B
- Best By date of December 14, 2019, with lot code L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
The CDC urges you to throw out your flour if you’re not sure of the brand. If you keep it in a canister or jar, thoroughly wash the container before refilling it. Even if you don’t know it’s included in the flour recall, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you don’t want toss out your flour and it’s still in the package, you can take it back to the place of purchase. Most retailers will provide either a full refund or an exchange.
For questions, you can reach the CDC anytime at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).
How can I avoid getting E. coli?
In addition to discarding potentially contaminated flour, don’t eat raw dough, flour or eggs, because even a little taste can make you sick. Thoroughly wash your utensils and your hands after baking with raw materials. And, finally, know how to protect your family from E. coli with this checklist.