Hodgson Mill and United Natural Foods issued voluntary recalls Wednesday for five-pound bags of their all-purpose flour products. This recall was issued after random routine sample testing by the FDA led to the discovery of E.coli in both products.
E.coli is a type of bacteria that can be found in food, the environment and our intestines. Most types of this bacteria are harmless, but some strains can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and more. Symptoms can last up to a week but can grow more severe for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
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The following products are being recalled nationwide:
- Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour (5-lb.) with "Best By" dates of 10-01-2020 and 10-02-2020 and lot codes# 001042 & 005517
- Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached (5-lb.) with "Best if Used by" date of 10/8/20 and UPC code: 711535509158
Consumers of both products are encouraged to discard them immediately, and those who have purchased the specific variety of Hodgson Mill flour can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Additionally, consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter—as E.coli is killed by heat.
No related illnesses from consuming either product have been reported to date, but those who have consumed this product should reach out to their healthcare professional. Anyone with further questions about the Hodgson Mill recall can call 1-888-417-9343 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST Monday-Friday, while those with questions about the United Natural Foods recall can call 855-423-2630 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST seven days a week.
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