General Mills has announced a voluntary nationwide recall of five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, due to the possible presence of E. coli.

The recall only includes packages that have a "better if used by" date of Sept. 6, 2020 and was issued after a strain known as E. coli O26 which was discovered during sampling of the five-pound bag product. All other types of Gold Medal Flour are unaffected by this recall.

General Mills issued a statement in which they noted, "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."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product, however, consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician. Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli O26 is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.

Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall and anyone who has had to discard products covered by this recall may contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 or visit www.generalmills.com/flour.

General Mills reminds consumers:

• Never eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour. Flour is made from wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria are often present. Flour is typically not treated to kill bacteria during the normal milling process.

• Properly cook or bake food made with flour. Bacteria (such as E. coli) that might be found in the raw flour will be eliminated.

• Contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 or at www.generalmills.com/flour.

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