Not even our precious baked goods are apparently safe from food-borne illnesses. This week, General Mills recalled a specific strain of Gold Medal flour for possibly salmonella-containing flours. According to a statement .
Salmonella was discovered in the removal of 5-pound flour sacks, which caused the recall In particular, concerns five-pound sacks of unbleached gold medal flour with an expiration date of 20 April 2020. There are no other flours of the gold medal recalled, and there were no illnesses related to the flour reported.
"Food safety is our top priority, and although we did not have confirmed diseases, we are voluntarily remembering this lot from Goldblind Unbleached Flour to prevent potential diseases," said Jim Murphy, president of General Mills Meals and Baking Division.
the statement . "This recall is not other flour products."
Eggs are not the only reason to eat raw dough or dough, flour can also contain pathogens.
Flour can bacteria like E. coli and yes, salmonella, which can make you sick if you eat them, SELF explained before . Fortunately, heating flour during baking is usually enough to kill it.
However, that does not mean you should use potentially contaminated flour in your cakes and biscuits. Salmonella can be a serious business and it's simply not worth the risk. Salmonella infection usually causes symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping 12 to 72 hours after bacterial uptake, according to the CDC . Although most healthy adults can easily recover from salmonella infection within a week, young children, older adults and people with chronic health problems or weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe symptoms or complications that may require hospitalization.
If you have flour in your pantry, do not use it. Either remove it or return for a refund to your shopping point. "We continue to inform consumers that flour is not a ready-to-eat ingredient," Murphy said in the statement. "Everything you make with flour must be cooked or baked before eating."