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General Mills recalls flour over salmonella concerns

General Mills recalls flour over salmonella concerns

General Mills says it is voluntarily recalling 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour nationwide due to concerns they might be contaminated with salmonella.

This recall only affects this one date code of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour five-pound bags.

General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to the product.

The Gold Medal unbleached flour 5 lb. bags are affected by this recall.

For more information on the recall, visit General Mills' website at this link.

According to the company's press release, the "potential presence" of salmonella was discovered while testing the flour.

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Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Generally, the FDA and CDC guidance is that consumers should refrain from eating any raw products made with flour.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella is the cause for 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States annually.

General Mills said no illnesses have been reported. No other types of Gold Medal Flour are impacted by the recall. All other Gold Medal flour bags are not included. "Anything you make with flour must be cooked or baked before eating".

Salmonella can cause serious and even deadly infections, and it's especially risky for young children and the elderly.