DENVILLE, NJ – The manufacturer of five-pound bags of “King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour” issued a recall of 14,218 cases of the product because of “the potential presence of Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli),” according to an announcement from the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, June 13. Information also is available on the manufacturer’s website.
The recalled product was distributed through retailers and distributors nationwide.
King Arthur has been informed by ADM Milling Co. that certain wheat used to make these lots of King Arthur flour has been linked to an ongoing outbreak of E. coli infections. So far, no illnesses have been reported in connection with King Arthur flour, the FDA reports.
The product affected by this voluntary recall is from six specific lot codes and three “Best Used By” dates, which can be found on the bottom of the side panel, below the nutrition facts panel:
BEST USED BY 12/07/19 LOT: L18A07C
BEST USED BY 12/08/19 LOTS: L18A08A, L18A08B
BEST USED BY 12/14/19 LOTS: L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C
E. coli causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, complications can develop, including serious kidney damage and even death.
Consumers who have any of these affected products should not consume them and should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for credit or refund.
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.
Consumers who have any questions regarding this recall or King Arthur Flour products can call the King Arthur Flour Consumer Hotline at 866-797-9178, which is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
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