General Mills announced a voluntary recall of five-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to the potential presence of E. coli O26, announced the FDA in a press release.

The presence of E. coli was discovered during sampling of the five pound bag product, General Mills stated. The release stated that although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick.  E. coli O26 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness, said the FDA.

Although the company has not received any direct reports of illnesses, they issued the recall out of an abundance of caution. The recall affects the Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour five pound bags with a better if used date of September 6, 2020.

Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5LB Flour
Package UPC 016000 196100
Recalled Better if Used by Date 06SEP2020KC

All other types of Gold Medal Flour are not affected, said officials. Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall. Consumers who have had to discard products covered by this recall may contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103