ALDI said in a Press Release (PDF) on Thursday that the recall affects 5-pound bags of The Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour, which the company recalled on May 23, 2019, after routine testing by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) identified the presence of E. coli bacteria in samples taken from a Buffalo, New York, production facility owned and operated by ADM Milling Co.
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What’s the Problem?
According to the CDC, at least 17 people in 8 states have been sickened with the outbreak strain of E. coli. Illness onset dates range from Dec. 11, 2018, to April 18, 2019, and affected patients ages 7 to 86, the agency said.
“Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates flour is a likely source of this outbreak,” CDC said.
At least 3 people have been hospitalized to treat complications associated with their illnesses, and no deaths have been reported.
“This investigation is ongoing,” CDC said. “FDA is working to determine whether other brands or lots of flour may be potentially contaminated and need to be recalled. CDC will provide updates when more information is available.”
The Baker’s Corner Flour Recall Information
Labeling of the recalled flour contains the following information, which should be used to help you determine whether your flour is contaminated with E. coli:
- Best-If-Used-By Date – December 2, 2019
- UPC Code – 041498130404
- Lot Code – L18A02B
Affected products were shipped to ALDI grocery stores in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
Raw Flour Warning
FDA has warned against the eating of raw dough, batter, or cake mixture due to the risk of E. coli infections. The agency updated its guidelines in Dec. 2017 following an investigation into an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 that occurred a year earlier where raw flour was determined to be the cause.
Flour is derived from milling wheat, a cereal grain that is grown outdoors which carries a risk of bacterial pathogens which are easily killed by baking, frying or boiling. 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, FDA said.
Do I Have a Flour Recall Lawsuit?
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