King Arthur Expands Flour Recall Over E. coli Risk

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King Arthur Flour announced a voluntary recall of specific 5-pound and 25-pound bags of its Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

This is an expansion of the brand’s June recall that involved nearly 114,000 5-pound bags of flour. The flour, which was milled at ADM Milling in Buffalo, New York and produced prior to February, was distributed and sold in stores nationwide, as well as on King Arthur’s website, catalog, and Vermont store. 

These measures are being taken because of the potential presence of E. coli 026, which was discovered during sampling, according to a statement posted to the brand’s website. There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses related to the product, the company says. 

The 5-pound bags have Best Used By Dates ranging from 12/04/19 to 1/15/20 and feature the following lot codes: 

  • 12/04/19    L18A04A
  • 12/05/19    L18A05A, L18A05B, L18A05C
  • 12/09/19    L18A09B
  • 12/10/19    L18A10A
  • 12/13/19    L18A13B, L18A13C
  • 12/20/19    L18A20A, L18A20B, L18A20C
  • 12/21/19    L18A21A
  • 12/27/19    L18A27A, L18A27B, L18A27C
  • 12/28/19    L18A28A
  • 01/02/20    A19A02B, A19A02C
  • 01/03/20    A19A03A, A19A03B, A19A03C
  • 01/05/20    A19A05A, A19A05B
  • 01/07/20    A19A07B, A19A07C
  • 01/08/20    A19A08B
  • 01/09/20    A19A09B
  • 01/10/20    A19A10B
  • 01/12/20    A19A12A
  • 01/14/20    A19A14A, A19A14B, A19A14C
  • 01/15/20    A19A15A, A19A15B

The 25-pound bags were sold only in Costco stores. The bags feature Best Used By dates of 12/04/19, 12/10/19, 12/20/19, 01/07/20, and 01/15/20. 

Never consume raw products made with flour, the CDC warns. This particular strain of E. coli is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing, or boiling products made with flour.

Symptoms of E. coli 026 include diarrhea and abdominal cramps that usually start three to four days after exposure, according to the CDC.

If you have the affected flour, you should immediately dispose of it or return it to the store where it was purchased. You can contact the company for a refund or replacement here. 

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