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The grocer is recalling five-pound bags of all-purpose flour in 11 states.
Aldi issued a recall yesterday for five-pound bags of Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour in locations across the Northeastern U.S. for potential E. coli contamination. This is after the Rhode Island Department of Health discovered E.coli bacteria in the product on Tuesday, Food Safety News reported.
The product was distributed to select Aldi locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. The potentially contaminated bags are labeled with a “Best If Used By” date of 12/02/19 and the UPC code: 041498130404.
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“Aldi takes the safety and integrity of the products it sells seriously,” the company said in a press release. “If customers have product affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to their local store for a full refund.”
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The company also urges consumers to stay away from products made with raw flour in general, as it carries the risk of bacteria which is only rendered harmless once heated. Consumers with additional questions can contact ADM Milling Co. Customer Service at 800-422-1688 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT.
Aldi recalls flour that could be contaminated with E. coli
Aldi is recalling flour sold throughout the U.S. Northeast due to a risk of E. coli.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Aldi has issued a recall for Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour in cooperation with ADM Milling Co.
The flour, sourced from a production facility in Buffalo, New York, could be contaminated with E. coli.
The specific product affected by the recall is Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour sold in a 5 lb. bag with a best if used by date of Dec. 2, 2019, lot code L18A02B and the following UPC code: 041498130404.
Aldi has removed it from store shelves, but some people may have bought it beforehand.
It was distributed to stores in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
If you have it, you're encouraged not to use it anything and throw it away or return it to your local Aldi store for a full refund.
Anyone with more questions can contact ADM Milling Co. Customer Service at 800-422-1688 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT.
The FDA also reminds the public not to eat any raw product made from flour, because "flour is an ingredient that comes from milling wheat, something grown outdoors that carries with it risks of bacteria which are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling."
Pillsbury flour among the recalled brands in multistate E. coli outbreak
Thousands of cases of Pillsbury flour that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria that has sickened more than a dozen people in eight states is being recalled by Pillsbury owner Homestown Food Co. The recall announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Friday marks the third major flour brand involving wheat from an Archer Daniels Midland mill in Buffalo, New York.
The recall by Hometown Foods involves approximately 4,620 cases of Pillsbury 5-pound Bread Flour distributed to retailers in 10 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Hometown Foods was created last year by the private equity firm Brynwood Partners in acquiring a portfolio of baking brands from the J.M. Smucker Co. for $375 million. Based in Chicago, Hometown's brands include the U.S. rights to Pillsbury (and use of the famed Pillsbury Doughboy) as well as such baking names as Hungry Jack, Jim Dandy, Martha White and White Lilly.
4,620 cases of this Pillsbury brand flour recalled. U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Consumers should not consume the recalled Pillsbury flour, but either discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Hometown said it was also offering replacement coupons for its recalled flour brands to consumers who can call toll-free at (866) 219-9333 between 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central Time.
The packaging of the impacted products is marked with UPC Code 0 5150020031 5, and the following lot codes and use-by dates: lot code 8 342, use-by date June 8, 2020 and lot code 8 343, use-by date June 9, 2020.
Follows recall of King Arthur Flour and Bakers Corner flour
The Pillsbury recall came a day after King Arthur Flour said it was recalling 14,218 cases of five-pound King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to the potential presence of E. coli, the FDA said late Thursday.
The recalled product was distributed through retailers and distributors nationwide, including Walmart.
King Arthur was told by Archer Daniels Midland that wheat used in the recalled flour had been linked to "an ongoing outbreak of E. coli infections," King Arthur stated. "No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with King Arthur flour."
14, 218 cases of King Arthur Flour were recalled last week. U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a weekend update said 17 people across eight states reported being sickened after eating flour, including three hospitalizations. Four people sickened reported eating, licking or tasting raw, homemade dough or batter.
Consumers shouldn't eat raw products made with flour because wheat can carry risks of bacteria, experts say. Baking, frying or boiling will kill the bacteria, but consumers should also wash their hands and wash work surfaces and utensils after they come in contact with raw flour.
The King Arthur recall involves the following six code lots and three best-used-by dates, located on the bottom side panel, below the nutrition facts panel:
- Best used by 12/07/19 lot L18A07C
- Best used by 12/08/19 lot L18A08A, L18A08B
- Best used by 12/14/19 lots L18A14A, L18A14B and L18A14C
The King Arthur recall comes nearly three weeks after Aldi recalled Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour, which was sold at stores in 11 states, because of possible E. coli contamination. The five-pound bags of flour should either be discarded or returned to the store for a refund, the company said in a statement.
Recalled product. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The flour, made by ADM, was sold in multiple states, including, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
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An E. coli outbreak that has sickened 17 people in eight states has been linked to flour sold at several Aldi stores, including those in Delaware.
If you have bought any Baker's Corner All-Purpose Flour from Aldi, you may need to throw it away or return it to the store, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The affected bags of flour should have the UPC code: 041498130404.
Bags of Baker's Corner flour are being recalled in 11 states and are linked to an E. coli outbreak. (Photo: CDC)
Don't have the original packaging because you store flour in a special container or jar? If there's any chance you bought it at Aldi, throw it away just to be safe. Thoroughly wash the containers before using them again.
The discount grocer and ADM announced last week they were recalling 5-pound bags of Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour sold at select Aldi stores in 11 states “due to a potential presence of E. coli.”
According to the CDC, there have been three hospitalizations but no deaths have been reported. No one has gotten sick in Delaware — yet.
What if I get sick?
E. coli infections typically occur three to four days after consuming the germ, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting can result after five to seven days. In severe cases, patients may get hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
A new Aldi store recently opened in Smryna. (Photo: Jerry Smith/The News Journal)
Illnesses reported so far took place between Dec. 11, 2018 to April 18, 2019. Of seven people who were interviewed, four (57 percent) reported eating, licking or tasting raw homemade dough or batter.
Two people with detailed information reported eating raw dough or batter made with flour or baking mixes from Aldi. One ate the raw dough at a bakery in Rhode Island.
If you think you are sick because of eating contaminated food, call your doctor. If it’s an emergency, call 911.
You can report problems with food to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Phone the FDA main emergency number at (866) 300-4374 or call Delaware's consumer complaint coordinator at (877) 689-8073.
Can I get my money back?
Customers can return the flour to local stores for a full refund.
Aldi said in a statement that out of an abundance of caution it "has recalled all best if used by dates and all lots of Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour products produced by ADM Milling Co." in the affected states.
A customer shops in an Aldi supermarket store in London. (Photo: Jason Alden, Bloomberg)
The discount grocer also recalled all other ADM retail flour products in the region as a precaution, ADM said in its statement, adding "no other products or customers are involved in this recall at this time."
However, according to the CDC, the investigation is ongoing and officials are working with the FDA “to determine whether other brands or lots of flour may be potentially contaminated and need to be recalled.”
For questions, contact ADM Milling Co. Customer Service at (800) 422-1688 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT weekdays.
Risks from raw dough
Many people believe it's safe to eat raw cookie dough if it does not contain eggs.
But a string of recent flour recalls show that raw eggs and salmonella aren't the only danger.
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on June 28, 2016, that people shouldn't eat raw dough due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour. (Photo: AP Photo/Larry Crowe, File)
Flour is typically a raw agricultural product. This means it hasn’t been treated to kill germs like E. coli.
Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:
Pillsbury Flour Recalled Over E. Coli Concerns
According to a recent report from the FDA, some bags of Pillsbury’s Best Bread Flour are being recalled due to concerns that it might be contaminated by E. coli. Pillsbury is voluntarily pulling around 4,600 cases of the five-pound bags of flour from stores in states across the Northeastern United States, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia.
So far, 17 cases of E. coli linked to flour have been reported to the CDC. However, the manufacturer of Pillsbury, a company called Hometown Food Co., insists that none of the cases have been specifically tied to its brand and that the recall is a safety precaution. Pillsbury isn’t the only affected brand: Last week, King Arthur recalled 114,000 bags of contaminated flour (a brand of flour produced by Aldi was also recalled.)
This has been an especially hard year for Pillsbury: Back in March Pillsbury recalled 100,000 bags of flour due to potential salmonella contamination.
Before taking on any new baking projects, the FDA is encouraging anyone who has recently purchased Pillsbury flour to ensure it’s not part of the potentially contaminated batch. The UPC code for the recalled batch is 051500200315 and expiration dates will read June 8, 2020 or June 9, 2020. If you still aren’t sure if your flour is part of the recall, the FDA has provided photos of the packaging and barcodes. Hometown Food. Co. will offer coupons to replace the recalled flour interested customers can call 1-866-219-9333.
Although you’ve heard it repeated again and again that eating raw cookie dough is unsafe because of the eggs, you should also avoid eating it because of the raw flour. In its raw form, flour “hasn’t been treated to kill germs like Escherichia coli,” according to the CDC. Looking for more information on how to safely consume and store flour? Check out Kitchn’s complete guide.
Flour sold at Walmart, Target, and more retailers across America is being recalled due to E. coli concerns
King Arthur Flour is recalling more than 14,000 cases of flour sold at retailers including Walmart, Target, and more due to E. coli fears.
On Thursday, the Norwich, Vermont, baking-centric company announced a voluntary recall of 14,218 cases of five-pound Unbleached All-Purpose Flour. The products in question were sold at retailers across the US, though no purchases through King Arthur Flour's website, Baker's Catalogue, or Baker's Store in Norwich were included in the recall.
"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," the company said in a statement. "No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with King Arthur flour."
Flour from ADM Milling Co. has been linked to a strain of E. coli that has infected 17 people in 8 states. In May, ADM and Aldi recalled five-pound bags of Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour due to E. coli contamination concerns.
The King Arthur Flour recalled cases have the following used by dates and lot codes:
- 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
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions against consuming raw dough — not only because of salmonella risks linked to raw eggs, but also because of the danger of E. coli contamination connected to unbaked flour.
E. coli infections often induce severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Roughly 5% to 10% of people who are infected develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially life-threatening kidney complication.
Pillsbury recalls over 4,000 cases of flour over E. coli concernsarticle
TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Select bags of "Pillsbury Best 5-pound Bread Flour," which is sold by New York-based Hometown Food Co., were recalled as a precaution due to the potential presence of E. coli, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Hometown Food Company and ADM Milling Co. announced a voluntary recall on Friday. Two specific UPC item codes and lot codes of the bread flour:
UPC Item Codes: 0 5150020031 5 and 0 5150020031 5
Lot Codes: 8 342 and 8 343
The products have the Best-If-Used By Dates of Jun 08, 2020 and June 09, 2020, respectively.
An estimated 4,620 cases of "Pillsbury Best 5 lb. Bread Flour" were delivered to retailers and distributors across Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
ADM Milling Co. informed Hometown Food Company that certain wheat used to make the two lots of "Pillsbury Best 5 lb. Bread Flour" has been linked to the E. coli illness. They are offering replacement coupons for the affected products.
"There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with this product and this recall has been issued out of an abundance of caution," according to a release by the FDA.
Recall Alert: King Arthur Flour Sold at Aldi and Walmart Recalled Due to E. Coli Concerns
A new item has been pulled from supermarket shelves in light of an E. coli outbreak, NBC 12 reports. This time, the product being recalled is King Arthur flour, a popular brand sold at Aldi, Walmart, Target, and other stores nationwide.
The voluntarily product recall, announced by King Arthur Flour, Inc. and the FDA on Thursday, June 13, affects roughly 114,000 bags of unbleached all-purpose flour. The flour is made from wheat from the ADM Milling Company, which has been linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak in the U.S. Though none of the cases reported so far have been traced back to King Arthur flour, the product is being taken off the market as a precaution.
Five-pound bags of unbleached all-purpose flour from specific lot codes and use-by dates are the only King Arthur products impacted by the recall. If you find King Arthur flour in the grocery store or in your pantry at home, check for this dates and numbers below the nutrition facts to see if it's been recalled.
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 contamination is always a risk with flour, which is why raw cookie dough is still unsafe to eat even if it doesn't contain eggs. The CDC warns that even allowing children to play or craft with raw dough isn't a smart idea.
Hometown Food Co. recalls Pillsbury flour from ADM multistate E. coli outbreak continues
For the second time this year Hometown Food Co. is recalling some of its Pillsbury flour because of bacterial contamination. This time the pathogen is E. coli and the flour is from a mill linked to an outbreak.
The new recall includes more than 4,600 cases of Pillsbury “Best Bread” flour. Hometown Food shipped the implicated flour to retailers and distributors in 10 states. Federal officials are urging consumers to check their homes for the recalled flour, according to an outbreak update posted by the Food and Drug Administration.
Consumers should look for 5-pound bags of “Pillsbury Best Bread Flour” with a UPC number of 0 5150020031 5 and one of the following lot code and use-by combinations:
- Lot Code: 8 342 with Use-By Date: JUN 08 2020
- Lot Code: 8 343 with Use-By Date: JUN 09 2020
The date codes are printed on the side of the package below the “Nutrition Facts Panel.” Hometown Food’s recall notice says the company shipped the flour to retailers and distributors in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The recall notice does not name the retailers that received the recalled Pillsbury flour. The recall does not state if distributors shipped the product on to other locations.
Hometown Food initiated the recall amidst an eight-state outbreak of E. coli O26. there are at least 17 people confirmed sick, according to an update this weekend by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three of the patients have required hospitalization. As of June 15, no illnesses had been confirmed in connection to Pillsbury flour.
ADM Milling Co. manufactured the recalled Pillsbury flour at a mill in Buffalo, NY. The same plant was used to make Baker’s Corner brand flour that has been linked to the E. coli outbreak. ADM produced and packaged the Baker’s Corner flour for Aldi.
Aldi recalled the implicated Baker’s Corner flour on May 22 because the Rhode Island Department of Health confirmed an unopened package of it tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli O26.
This past week, the King Arthur Flour Co. recalled some of its flour, sold by a variety of undisclosed retailers, because it was manufactured at ADM’s Buffalo mill. ADM is a wholly owned subsidiary of the multi-national corporation Archer Daniels Midland. No confirmed illnesses have been linked to the King Arthur flour.
Consumers can use the following information to determine whether they have the recalled Baker’s Corner of King Arthur flour in their homes:
Aldi Baker’s Corner All Purpose flour
- All five-pound bags, all lot codes, and all best if used by dates for product distributed in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia
- Five-pound bags of unbleached all-purpose flour with the following lot codes and best by dates:
- 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
Anyone who has any flour that was originally packaged under one of the recalled brands but is not still in the original bag should error on the side of caution and throw away the flour. Containers used to store recalled flour should be throughly washed with soap and warm water.
Previous Pillsbury recall and consumer advice
Hometown Food’s current Pillsbury flour recall doesn’t appear to be related to its March recall of certain other Pillsbury flour. The company initiated that recall of 12,158 cases of 5-pound bags when random testing found Salmonella in an unopened bag. The March recall notice did not reveal what company milled the implicated flour.
As with all of the recent flour recall notices and outbreak updates, Hometown Food’s current recall reminds consumers of their responsibility to practice safe food handling practices to avoid foodborne pathogens in raw flour.
“Flour is made from wheat, which is a raw product that is minimally processed. Flour is not a ready-to-eat product. It is an ingredient for baked, fried and cooked recipes, and these heating processes, along with proper handling, ensure the safety of consuming flour,” according to the Honetown Food recall notice.
“All surfaces and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or uncooked dough or batter. Consumers should wash their hands after handling flour or uncooked dough or batter. Consumers should not eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour.”
Consumers with questions about the Pillsbury flour recall can call Hometown Food at 866-219-9333.
Pillsbury’s parent company, Hometown Food Co. is based in Chicago. It was formed by the private equity firm Brynwood Partners in June 2018 with the specific purpose of acquiring a portfolio of brands from The J.M. Smucker Co., according to the Byrnwood website.
The closing price was about $375 million for the exclusive U.S. rights to the iconic Pillsbury flour and other shelf-stable baking products including Funfetti, Hungry Jack, White Lily, Jim Dandy and Martha White.
Flour in an unwanted spotlight
The potential food safety dangers of flour have been in the spotlight almost constantly since May of 2016. An E. coli outbreak documented by the FDA and the CDC sickened people across 24 states from Dec. 21, 2015, to Sept. 5, 2016.
Flour recalls posted on the FDA website since May 2016 include:
Advice for consumers
FDA offers these tips for safe food handling of flour:
- Do not eat any raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product that is supposed to be cooked or baked.
- Closely supervise children handling flour for baking and craft projects to make sure they don’t touch their faces and that they properly wash their hands after handling raw flour.
- Follow package directions for cooking products containing flour at proper temperatures and for specified times.
- Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw dough products.
- Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any contamination that may be present from spreading. Be aware that flour may spread easily due to its powdery nature.
- Follow label directions to chill products containing raw dough promptly after purchase until baked.
About E. coli infections
The symptoms of E. coli infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. If there is fever, it is usually not lower than 101 degrees F (38.5 degrees C). Most patients recover within five to seven days. Others can develop severe or even life-threatening symptoms and complications.
About 5 percent to 10 percent of those who are diagnosed with E. coli infections develop a potentially life-threatening kidney failure complication, known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Symptoms of HUS include fever, abdominal pain, feeling very tired, decreased frequency of urination, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor.
Many people with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent injuries or die. This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old because of their immature immune systems, older adults because of deteriorating immune systems, and people with compromised immune systems such as cancer patients.
People who experience HUS symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. People with HUS should be hospitalized because it can cause other serious and ongoing problems such as hypertension, chronic kidney disease, brain damage and neurologic problems.
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King Arthur Flour Recently Expanded a Recall Over E. coli Concerns
Concerns over potential E. coli contamination prompted King Arthur Flour to expand upon a recent flour recall.
A recall for King Arthur Flour was recently expanded over fears of potential E. coli contamination. According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), King Arthur Flour is expanding the voluntary recall of 5-pound and 25-pound bags of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour because E. coli may have been found in certain samples.
Recalled King Arthur Flour Label image courtesy of the FDA, https://www.fda.gov
The original recall was issued back on June 13, 2019, and included about 114,000 5-pound bags of King Arthur flour that was milled at ADM Milling in Buffalo, New York. The flour in the initial recall was distributed to stores nationwide and was also available in King Arthur’s catalog and on its website.
When commenting on the company’s decision to expand the recall, Gwen Adams, a spokesperson for King Arthur Flour said:
“ Our consistent responsibility to transparency and our customers hasn’t changed, and so we’ve expanded our June voluntary recall to include any additional lots that might have any association with those two lots.”
According to the notice from King Arthur Flour and the FDA, the expanded recall includes the following 5-pound bags of flour with their Lot Codes:
- 12/04/19 L18A04A
- 12/05/19 L18A05A, L18A05B, L18A05C
- 12/09/19 L18A09B
- 12/10/19 L18A10A
- 12/13/19 L18A13B, L18A13C
- 12/20/19 L18A20A, L18A20B, L18A20C
- 12/21/19 L18A21A
- 12/27/19 L18A27A, L18A27B, L18A27C
- 12/28/19 L18A28A
- 01/02/20 A19A02B, A19A02C
- 01/03/20 A19A03A, A19A03B, A19A03C
- 01/05/20 A19A05A, A19A05B
- 01/07/20 A19A07B, A19A07C
- 01/08/20 A19A08B
- 01/09/20 A19A09B
- 01/10/20 A19A10B
- 01/12/20 A19A12A
- 01/14/20 A19A14A, A19A14B, A19A14C
- 01/15/20 A19A15A, A19A15B
If anyone has the recalled flour in their homes, it should either be disposed of or returned for a refund. If you have questions or concerns about the recall, contact the King Arthur Flour Consumer Hotline at 866-797-9178.
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